In Level 3, students write ten different models of essays often taught in freshman college English classes. One of the ten models is the Process essay, in which the writer describes a process in stages and steps. Like all essays, … Continue reading Student Writing: “A Wonder of Times Past”
In 1985 as I was reading the December “Reader’s Digest,” I came across Pearl S. Buck’s lovely story, “Christmas Day in the Morning.” I read it and cried. It perfectly expressed the love my own father has for me, and … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: “Christmas Day in the Morning” with Complete Text
One of the more unpleasant parts of my job is teaching MLA citation of sources, a crucial part of writing any research-based paper. The rules are abundant and detailed. It is important for students to have a basic understanding of … Continue reading Creating an MLA Works Cited Page with Citefast!
As a writing teacher, one of my greatest rewards is seeing students using their hard-won skills in real life. One student who has recently done this is Michael Bowen. He graduated from my Level 3 class in 2019 and went … Continue reading Featured Writing Student: Michael Bowen
Quite apart from the fact that improper manuscript form greatly complicates the already onerous task of handling, marking, and sorting several hundred papers, and recording grades for them every semester, there is also the fact that one of the most … Continue reading Not a “Wishy-Washy English Teacher”
If you have noticed the dates on my articles, you might wonder why I write them that way. For instance, the date on this post is 15 October 2021, not October 15, 2021 as is usually written in the U.S. … Continue reading Why Do You Write the Date So Funny?
I’m really enjoying the PREP-1 class! The purpose of PREP-1 is to build the foundation of language in preparation for future writing. I am passionate about the value of language, and the most enjoyable way to access high quality language … Continue reading PREP-1 Is Off to a Great Start!
Wednesday, September 17th, is the 234th birthday of the United States Constitution! Did you know that the U.S. Constitution is the oldest written constitution in continuous use? It’s true! Writing about a subject is the BEST way to really learn … Continue reading Free Download: Key Word Outlining Paragraphs about the U.S. Constitution!
Last night I held my local Writing Parents’ Meeting for parents of local registered students! The Online Writing Parents’ Meeting is this Thursday evening on Zoom. The meetings always fire up my enthusiasm for the start of classes the following … Continue reading Writing Parents’ Information Meetings This Week!
One of the fun parts of teaching writing is reading my students’ papers. In Level 1, we write stories in a very specific format, known as the “3-Paragraph Story.” This assignment is designed to practice the elements of literature, so … Continue reading Not Good at Writing Stories? Try It the IEW Way
I’m so excited to show off my newest handbook: PREP-1! The handbook contains all the instructions, assignment sheets, and source texts for the Key Work Outlining and oral reports that the students will be doing for the year. Additional material … Continue reading The New PREP-1 Handbooks Have Arrived!
Materials have been mailed to online students and the Parents’ Information Meetings are about three weeks away! Local parents will meet on August 31st and online parents on September 2nd! It’s not too late to join a class, but time … Continue reading Classes start in about 4 weeks!
Although registration for my 2021/2022 Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) classes, for both local and live Zoom online classes, will continue through July, the $35 Early Bird discount for registration ends this coming Monday, May 31st. If you want to find out more … Continue reading Last Week for Early Bird Discount!
Well, I finally read it. All my life I have avoided Where the Red Fern Grows because I knew it was a sad dog story. But one of my students wanted to write about it, and I needed to make … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS
“It was a dark and stormy night…” Actually, it probably wasn’t stormy, but it was dark and night, or, more accurately, it was about 2 AM one day in early May, 2001. My eyes had popped open and I had … Continue reading Twenty Years of IEW: A Tale of Very Fortunate Events
Those of us who have been true readers all our life seldom fully realise the enormous extension of our being which we owe to authors.
If you are new to my website, Writing to Learn, you may not know that I have a page devoted to story charts for literary analysis! These are free to download and I am constantly adding new ones. I use the Center … Continue reading Planning summer reading? Check out my Story Charts!
Today I interviewed Sarah, one of my Veteran Writing Moms, about skills needed in the Real World! Sarah shares some experiences about the effect of writing style and following directions on her work. Sarah’s experience is all too common in … Continue reading Writing Class Skills in Real Life: Writing Style and Following Directions
The story of Joseph can be found in the Bible, in the Book of Genesis, chapters 37 through 50. It is interrupted briefly in chapter 38, but resumes in chapter 39. Readers of early heroic literature, such as the Iliad, … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: “The Story of Joseph” with Complete Text
Last summer I read The Railway Children, by Edith Nesbit. I am astonished that I had never before read it. Spending 4th through 6th grade in England, I was exposed to many such books and I devoured as many as … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: The Railway Children
I have some amazing students who are learning and growing in their life skills, as well as in their writing. Just this week I had a conversation with one of my Veteran Writing Moms, and she told me about a … Continue reading Student Tip: Overcome Writing Paralysis
Alice in Wonderland is the second most frequently downloaded of my story charts! This testifies to the book’s enduring popularity. Lewis Carroll was the pen name of British author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson. Fortunately, he had practiced writing stories and poems … Continue reading Featured Story Chart: Alice in Wonderland
The Witch of Blackbird Pond is my most frequently downloaded story chart! I read the book in 6th grade and loved it. It was a real pleasure to reread it a few years ago so I could make the story … Continue reading Most Popular Story Chart: The Witch of Blackbird Pond
My story charts are created to help readers understand the elements of literature and to learn to analyze a story.
Some of my parents wonder whether their Level 1 graduates are ready for Level 2. Back in my early days of teaching IEW, I took 6th graders in Level 1 and some went on to Level 2 in 7th grade. … Continue reading What’s the Big Deal about Level 2?
Andrew Pudewa, in the first edition of the Structure and Style teaching videos, relates an occasion when his daughter burst in on him, exclaiming, “Dad! Dad! IEW is here in Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography!” Then she showed him the following passage: … Continue reading A Method of Learning to Write Well
I just had my most successful Early Registration ever! I’m looking forward to working with many new and veteran writing families this coming school year. Although Early Registration is over, registration will continue through July 31st. Currently, there is still … Continue reading Registration continues!
Many parents are curious about how my online classes work. Writing to Learn online classes are held live. They are exactly like my local classes, except we are interacting via computer video and audio instead of in my classroom. This … Continue reading Experience an Online Class with ZOOM!
Level 3 students spend the year learning and writing ten different types of essays that traditionally are taught in college freshman English classes. While they are learning and writing with these models, they are also researching for the final paper … Continue reading Student Writing: The Level 3 Super Essay
“…one of the most important things a student should take from his education is a sense that he must do things properly, according to whatever rules pertain to the situation at hand.” Tina Blue, English Professor, University of Kansas When … Continue reading Writing to Learn Life Skills
In Augusta, it’s “the second most wonderful time of the year!” This coming Monday Masters Week begins! People descend upon Augusta from all over the world to enjoy the gorgeous grounds and the world’s best golfers at the country’s most … Continue reading Student Writing: “Golden Champions”
It’s the start of a brand new school year! I want to fire you up for the task ahead with one of the most wonderful recordings that I know of, Andrew Pudewa’s “Nurturing Competent Communicators.” As Andrew comments, “If you were … Continue reading Supercharge Communication Skills