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Write Through Ancient History (Scientific Discoveries): The IEW Way

Students will write through the scientific discoveries of ancient times using Excellence in Writing Units 4-8 and various style elements in this semester course.
Sarah Speer - Registered IEW Teacher
150 total reviews for this teacher
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50 minutes
per class
Once per week
over 10 weeks
year olds
learners per class
per learner - per class

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Meets multiple times at scheduled times
Live video chats, recorded and monitored for safety and quality
Discussions via classroom forum and private messages with the teacher
Great for engaging projects and interacting with diverse classmates from other states and countries

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Class Experience

Students will be able to:
-write a topic sentence and clincher (conclusion sentence) for a paragraph.
-identify important and interesting details from a source text.
-summarize key facts using 3 key words (avoid plagiarism).
-write key word outlines to plan each essay or story.
-write a clear and cohesive paragraph with a topic sentence, clear and supporting details, and a final clincher.
-write a 3 paragraph report with an introductory statement and final clincher.
-ask questions about a picture to create a story.
-write a persuasive paragraph using a prompt.
-write a 5 paragraph descriptive essay using a prompt.
-write an introduction and conclusion paragraph with 3 body paragraphs to create a classic 5 paragraph essay.
-use a variety of dress-ups (adjectives, verbs, ly adverbs, who/which clauses, and subordinate clauses) and other advanced techniques (alliteration, quotations, dress-up teeter totters) to make their writing more specific and engaging.
-begin sentences 6 different ways (subject, preposition, ly adverb, ing word, clausal, and very short sentence) to make their writing more interesting.
I am a registered IEW instructor. I have taught writing to 4th-8th graders in public and private school settings.
Week 1: Democritus paragraph
Week 2: Astronomy articles 2 and 3 KWO
Week 3: Write the 2 paragraphs using the KWO from last week's homework
Week 4: Write a KWO for the 2 pictures I send
Week 5: Write the paragraphs from the outlines from last week's homework
Week 6: Write a persuasive KWO and paragraph using the Hippocrates prompt
Week 7: Write 3 paragraph descriptive KWO using Aristotle prompt
Week 8: Write introduction and conclusion KWO, begin writing your essay from your 5 paragraph KWO
Week 9: Write the 5-paragraph descriptive essay, choose essay to bring to next class
No purchased materials required. I provide all handouts.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I will give written comments on all assignments. I will add a grade if the parent chooses to have a grade assigned.
In class, I will verbally assess students understanding through questions and practice in class.
50 minutes per week in class, and an estimated 1 - 2 hours per week outside of class.
I use the methods from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. 


Sarah Speer - Registered IEW TeacherExperienced Writing Educator - Registered IEW Instructor - Former Certified Teacher
150 total reviews
164 completed classes

About Me

I love teaching upper elementary and middle school students how to write. When I was a student, I made all A's, but I was a very poor writer. The program that taught me to be a better writer is the same program I teach in my classes. Personally, I... 
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