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IEW: Adventures in Writing, Part 1

Karen Cross, MSEd - IEW Certified Instructor
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In this 12-week course, learners will explore different topics while learning how to communicate and write with structure and style.

Class Experience

Beginner Level
Follows Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Curriculum
4 units//12 lessons//12 Weeks
Unit 1Unit 1: Note Taking and Outlines
3 lessons3 Weeks
Unit 1: Note Taking and Outlines
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Nile River, Yangtze River
This lesson will introduce learners to the structure and style method. There will be no writing this week. Learners are encouraged to practice retelling in Flip.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Roman Hoplite, American Quarter Horse
Learners will continue to practice outlining and retelling.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Orchestra and Conductor
Learners will create a two-paragraph key word outline and practice retelling.
Unit 2Unit 2: Writing from Notes
4 lessons4 Weeks
Unit 2: Writing from Notes
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Roman Colosseum
This lesson introduces learners to the writing process by outlining and using those key words to create a paragraph. We will review vocabulary words for upcoming vocabulary test.
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Learners will be introduced to their first dress-up, the -ly adverb. They will be encouraged to use this stylistic technique in the paragraphs they write.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
Benjamin Franklin's Lightning Rod
Learners will continue to practice outlining and retelling while dressing up their paragraphs with -ly adverbs. They will learn how to create a catchy title.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Hannibal's War
Learners will learn about the who/which clause this week while continuing to practice outlining and retelling.
Unit 3Unit 3: Retelling Narrative Stories
4 lessons4 Weeks
Unit 3: Retelling Narrative Stories
 Week 8
Lesson 8
The Fox and the Crow, Part 1
Learners will learn the parts of a narrative. Brainstorming ideas, learners will outline the story and practice retelling.
 Week 9
Lesson 9
The Fox and the Crow, Part 2
Learners will create a three-paragraph story from the key word outline they completed the lesson before. We will review vocabulary words for a quiz next week.
 Week 10
Lesson 10
The Theft of Thor's Hammer, Part 1
Learners will outline a new story this week using parts of the story they learned about two lessons ago. They will practice retelling from that outline.
 Week 11
Lesson 11
The Theft of Thor's Hammer, Part 2
Learners will practice writing the story from the outline while learning a new stylistic technique, the strong verb. They will practice using this in each paragraph with the other stylistic techniques.
Unit 4Unit 4: Summarizing a Reference
1 lesson1 Week
Unit 4: Summarizing a Reference
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Leif Eriksson
Learners will learn how to summarize a reference this week. They will create a key word outline, retell, and write a one-paragraph report. The first banned words will be introduced.
  • Learners will be gently introduced to the IEW method by learning how to organize thoughts and ideas by creating key word outlines from fiction and non-fiction texts. After practicing that skill, learners will write paragraphs from them. They will dress up their writing by systematically adding parts of speech such as -ly adverbs, who/which clause, and strong verbs.
0 - 1 hours per week outside of class
Frequency: available upon request
Feedback: available upon request
Frequency: available upon request
Details: I will provide feedback on every assignment. Learners can write or type submissions. Because this class is for beginners, learners will not be given a grade because this is a chance for them to practice the techniques without the pressure of a grade.
Frequency: available upon request
Details: Because this class is for beginners, this course provides learners with a chance to practice the techniques without the pressure of a grade. If you would like grades for your learner, please contact me ahead of time.
Please contact me if your learner has unique learning needs. I am able to differentiate activities and assignments to accommodate as much as possible, and help your learner be successful on their own level. 
REQUIRED: IEW: Adventures in Writing Student Book (can be purchased from the IEW website)

I highly recommend portable walls and/or the grammar cards. If it is your first time using IEW, the Teacher Manual may come in handy, but that is optional. 
In addition to the Outschool classroom, this class uses:
It is important to note that your learner will most likely need your help with each assignment. You should edit rough drafts and final copies before turning in to me. Checklists for each assignment can be found at the end of each lesson in the required Student Book for this class. 

If you are requesting a grade, Google Docs is my preferred option. Handwritten documents will be accepted in PDF form only. All homework will be uploaded to a Google Drive I will set up and give you access to throughout the course. 

Quizlet will be used for vocabulary practice. This is completely optional and will not affect feedback in a negative way. It's good to be familiar with the vocabulary words because we will sometimes play games using Quizlet during live instruction. 

Flip(grid) will be used for retelling practice.

All activities are only available to the learners in this class. In compliance with IEW's copyright policy, sharing of these materials with anyone outside of class is forbidden.
Joined June, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Maryland Teaching Certificate
I earned a Master's degree in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Walden University in 2007 and currently hold a certificate in Maryland. I taught in the public school setting for five years as a special educator with a focus in autism.... 
Group Class


for 12 classes
1x per week, 12 weeks
65 min

Live video meetings
Ages: 8-11
3-10 learners per class

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