Friday, October 16, 2009

Learning How to Write with IEW~ some notes

Looking for a solid, comprehensive writing program ~ I found that Institute for Excellence fits our needs very well. Do you use IEW? Have you heard about it and considered it but it seemed way to overwhelming? I did a few years back, then I started researching other programs and spent a great deal of time and energy trying to find something that would compare. There was a problem in that, there is not one that exists. ~

The only other program I would consider working would be Write Shop for my middle school student but for us, IEW "fits the bill".

I am not an affiliate and I do not gain anything from writing this post except possibly help others who may be searching and searching for a writing program that can "model" good writing and begin good habits toward proper writing.

I use IEW for our main writing program for our home learning. We also have two themed programs by IEW which are called "All Things Fun and Fascinating" and also "Myths, Fables & Fairytales". These are themed based programs and they looked like great fun for our boys.
We are just getting back into our home writing program while starting back up with this again, I needed to review it over again and so I was able to sit at watch Andrew Pudewa teach me again and remind me of how I can teach the boys writing~ I decided to write out a quick notes page so that I could refer back to it now and then. If your using IEW this might be of help to you~ if not, perhaps it might interest you to look again at considering IEW ~
a more formal copy is available here
Daily IEW Lesson NOTES * Only spend enough time for them to understand, then move right on. * NO Erasing and USE pen.
1. Use resource material that is slightly lower than their reading level.
2. BEFORE doing the KWO read aloud and discuss the paragraph/resource together.
3. If they need help, be sure to help them come up with keywords, symbols or numbers for some until it becomes EASY. Re-read sentences if I need to with them.
4. Drafts need to be double spaced to allow for editing and work. Paragraphs indented and use capital letters and title is underlined.
5. Avoid; word repetition (use synonyms) overuse of conversation(less talk and more action, description and feeling).
6. Comma’s; required when it is after “ing” opening phrase and after a clausal opener. (ie., Although she was hungry, etc..)
7. When working a KWO if there are compound sentences use 4-5 words OR divide the sentence into two separate parts.
8. When there is a very short sentence you can combine two sentences together for a KWO.
9. Use the KWO as an opportunity to practice Public Speaking. It is important they learn to speak in front of a group from brief notes and not reading lengthy sentences.
10. Repeating the source word for word should not be the goal- letting them use their own words, sentences and creativity is the goal.
11. Style techniques ( Dress Ups, Sentence Openers, Decorations and Sentence Styles ) should be introduced with a wipe board demonstration.
12. Dress-ups should be introduced slowly when the others have become easy.
13. (Only one of each )dress up is required for each paragraph. Underline the dress ups in red. Write the sentence opener number (1-7) in the margins.
14. As each dress up is introduced establish a “minimum rule” so they will go back and check their work .
15. Use the checklists on the back of each handout or pass out a checklist handout to be used to help them remember. Do this until adding the dress-ups become natural and easy for them.
16. Posters and visuals are VERY important.
17. When working the units remember that I am “teaching process not product”.

Notebook Assembly: Label the five dividers as follows;
Work in Progress- add handouts, outlines, models, checklists etc, that is being worked on. (when the assignment is done then this gets emptied for the next project).
Completed Work-place completed work here.
Structure Models- Keep the Key Ideas Page here along with notes on structure models as they are provided in the lessons. Included in these pages is the Story Sequence Model.
Stylistic Techniques- These pages are used here with all the style lists. (ly, prepositions etc.)
Banned Words- Put the banned words sheets behind this tab.
Public Speaking:
*stand in front of the group.
*see KWO that is written in LARGER print.
*Look down at the KWO’s first line of words, then look up at the group and speak in complete sentences while communicating the basic words of the KWO.
*repeat this with as little delay as possible between sentences.
Advanced Speakers: use prepared and practiced gestures.
Practice moving from the lectern from one side to the other and then back to the center.
Begin using longer outlines and more description in his words.

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