Writing

Writing and Grammar: Level 1 (2nd-3rd  grade)
Instructor:  Nicole Fisher
Grade:  2nd-3rd grade
Text:     

  • Student Workbook- purchase from Heritage (price depends on printing cost, less than $30)
  • IEW Student Resource Notebook ($19 from IEW or free download with purchase of the Student Workbook, must be printed to have at class) *Students who have this resource from past years can use their copy; if you have multiple students in the same class, they may share a Resource Notebook.
  • Structure and Style Overview DVD- one per family ($10)
  • All Grammar materials are covered in the class fee and will be provided by Heritage.

This class will provide a solid introduction to the fundamentals of English grammar, including the eight parts of speech and the five parts of a sentence. Additionally, students will be introduced to IEW’s Structure and Style method of writing as they explore a variety of engaging excerpts from classic children’s literature.   This will include stories from history, nature study, fairy tales, myths, and legends.  Join us for an exciting adventure as we learn how to take notes, summarize, and write sentences and paragraphs with structure and style!

At minimum, students in this class need to be strong beginning readers. Parents will need to supervise all of their at home assignments. If handwriting is a struggle, parents may write out their children’s answers for them (worksheets, outlines, etc.). Actual writing assignments, where students write paragraphs and stories based on their outlines, must be typed on the computer. Parents may type as their children dictate the words. It is highly advised, however, that parents allow their students to gradually do more of their own typing. At first it may seem painfully slow, but most students will make rapid progress, not only learning to type, but also learning basic word processing skills such as cut, copy, paste, delete, underline, etc. Parents can expect to do at least 15 to 20 minutes of work per day with their students.

Writing and Grammar: Level 2 ( 3rd-4th and 4th-6th  )
Instructor:  Nicole Fisher

Text:      

  • IEW Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Student Workbook ($29)
  • IEW Student Resource Notebook ($19 from IEW or free download with purchase of the Student Workbook, must be printed to have at class) *Students who have this resource from past years can use their copy; if you have multiple students in the same class, they may share a Resource Notebook.
  • Structure and Style Overview DVD- one per family ($10)
  • Highly Recommended:  The Magician’s Nephew, The Horse and His Boy, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (can be checked-out from the library)
  • All Grammar materials are covered in the class fee and will be provided by Heritage.

This class will provide a solid English grammar foundation, including the eight parts of speech, five parts of a sentence, sentence parsing and diagramming, and more.  The first 20-30 minutes of each 80 minute class will be spent on grammar.  Quizzes will be given periodically in class to check for understanding, and homework will be assigned for grammar, about 15 minutes per day (4 days/week).

Using resources from IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) this class will also help students develop and strengthen essential skills for writing with clarity and style. The program incrementally teaches students how to “dress-up” their work with the use of quality adjectives, strong verbs, and clauses, in addition to “sentence openers”, that take their writing from ordinary to extraordinary.  Seven key units will be introduced over the course of the year, covering everything from taking notes and creating outlines, summarizing references, writing from pictures, and composing their own work within assigned boundaries. Along the way, students will study and emulate models of excellent writing, learning key elements of grammatical structure and literary style. Texts include Aesop’s fables, classical mythology, and traditional fairy tales.

Students in this class need to be strong, independent readers. Parents will need to supervise all of their at home assignments. If handwriting is a struggle, parents may write out their children’s answers for them (worksheets, outlines, etc.). Actual writing assignments, where students write paragraphs and stories based on their outlines, must be typed on the computer. Parents may type as their children dictate the words. It is highly advised, however, that parents allow their students to gradually do more of their own typing. At first it may seem painfully slow, but most students will make rapid progress, not only learning to type, but also learning basic word processing skills such as cut, copy, paste, delete, underline, etc. Parents can expect to do at least 20 to 30 minutes of work per day with their students.

Writing and Grammar:  Level 3  (7th-8th
Instructor:  Nicole Fisher
Time:    7th-8th        8:05-9:25
Text:     

  • IEW Narnia Student Workbook ($29)
  • IEW Student Resource Notebook ($19 from IEW or free download with purchase of the Student Workbook, must be printed to have at class) *Students who have this resource from past years can use their copy; if you have multiple students in the same class, they may share a Resource Notebook.
  • Structure and Style Overview DVD- one per family ($10)
  • Highly Recommended:  The Magician’s Nephew, The Horse and His Boy, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (can be checked-out from the library)
  • All Grammar materials are covered in the class fee and will be provided by Heritage.

Using materials and curriculum from IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing), this class will help students develop and strengthen essential skills for writing with clarity and style. Students will incrementally learn how to “dress-up” their work with the use of quality adjectives, strong verbs, and interesting adverbs. Additionally, they will discover how “sentence openers” and other decorations can take their writing from ordinary to extraordinary.  Nine key units will be introduced over the course of the year. Topics covered will include grammar, vocabulary, note-taking, creating outlines, summarizing references, writing from pictures, writing research papers, and composing original stories within assigned boundaries. Along the way, students will study and emulate models of excellent writing, learning key elements of grammatical structure and literary style.  In addition, we will cover advanced grammar concepts including sentence parsing and diagramming.

Students need to be strong, independent readers capable of understanding abstract thoughts such as honor, justice, courage, etc. Although students are expected to complete their own work, all assignments will require parental oversight. Parents should read over each week’s assignments with their students and check their progress daily.
Incorporating three books from C.S. Lewis’ classic series, Following Narnia covers all of the IEW structural models. Along with The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy, Following Narnia also includes selections from scientific and historical texts.  For an overview of the course, please visit the IEW website at http://www.excellenceinwriting.com/files/FN-S%20Sample.pdf

Writing and Grammar:  Level 4  (9th-12th
Instructor:  Nicole Fisher
Time:  10:45-11:55
Text:     

  • IEW Narnia Student Workbook ($29)
  • IEW Student Resource Notebook ($19 from IEW or free download with purchase of the Student Workbook, must be printed to have at class) *Students who have this resource from past years can use their copy; if you have multiple students in the same class, they may share a Resource Notebook.
  • Structure and Style Overview DVD- one per family ($10)
  • Highly Recommended:  The Magician’s Nephew, The Horse and His Boy, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (can be checked-out from the library)
  • All Grammar materials are covered in the class fee and will be provided by Heritage.

Using materials and curriculum from IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing), this class will help students develop and strengthen essential skills for writing with clarity and style. Students will incrementally learn how to “dress-up” their work with the use of quality adjectives, strong verbs, and interesting adverbs. Additionally, they will discover how “sentence openers” and other decorations can take their writing from ordinary to extraordinary.  Nine key units will be introduced over the course of the year. Topics covered will include grammar, vocabulary, note-taking, creating outlines, summarizing references, writing from pictures, writing research papers, and composing original stories within assigned boundaries. Along the way, students will study and emulate models of excellent writing, learning key elements of grammatical structure and literary style.   In addition, we will cover advanced grammar concepts including sentence parsing and diagramming.

Students need to be strong, independent readers capable of understanding abstract thoughts such as honor, justice, courage, etc. Although students are expected to complete their own work, all assignments will require parental oversight. Parents should read over each week’s assignments with their students and check their progress daily.

Incorporating three books from C.S. Lewis’ classic series, Following Narnia covers all of the IEW structural models. Along with The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy, Following Narnia also includes selections from scientific and historical texts.  For an overview of the course, please visit the IEW website athttp://www.excellenceinwriting.com/files/FN-S%20Sample.pdf