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

Sarah Speer - Registered IEW Teacher
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(182)
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.

Class experience

US Grade 5 - 7
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.
Homework Offered
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
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
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.
Grades Offered
No purchased materials required. I provide all handouts.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
I use the methods from the Institute for Excellence in Writing. 
Average rating:4.9Number of reviews:(182)
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... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
50 min

Completed by 5 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 10-13
3-9 learners per class

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