Length: 2 14-week semesters
Target age: 6th – 8th grade (advanced 5th/struggling 9th graders with teacher approval)
Model-based writing instruction covering all nine units of Excellence in Writing’s unique method of structure and style techniques. The first units covering note-making and outlining and writing from notes are taught at a more rapid pace than in the Level A course, moving quickly to the creative units of retelling narrative stories and writing from pictures, followed by summarizing references, formal essay models, formal critique and response to literature. Throughout the course, proper grammar usage and citation methods will be integrated into instruction. Oral presentations, poetry and literature discussions will also be included. This course includes individualized responses to student’s writing.
Level B Curricula Used:
IEW Student Writing Intensive B (SWI-B) and/or Continuation Course (SWICC-B)
World History-Based Writing Lessons (WHB) by Lori Verstegen
Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons (MHB) by Lori Verstegen (updated, non-sectarian edition)
U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons (USH) by Lori Verstegen
How to Write a Story and/or A Guide to Writing Your Novel by Lee Roddy
Occasionally, supplemental materials from www.thewritesource.com and/or www.writeshop.com may be used for grammar, mechanics and activities
Student Materials Required:
Copy of respective student book
Student Resource Packet (free download with purchase of student book [except SWI])
Binder, paper, tabbed dividers, pens/pencils, highlighter
Note: Each history course has suggested literature titles which parents may choose to use for supplementation. Possibilities include The Giver and Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, By the Great Horn Spoon! By Sid Fleischman, and Journey to Topaz by Yoshida Uchida.