Washington as Statesman at the Constitutional Convention, by Junius Brutus Stearn, 1856 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 about it! In … 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 week! Many of my writing families are long-term friends, because I have the pleasure of … 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 that when we begin literary analysis, the students can recognize the literary elements of the … 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 in the handbook, which may be used for individual students depending on their progress, includes … 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 is growing short, so if you would like to find out more, send me an … Continue reading Classes start in about 4 weeks!
One of my main tasks this summer was to complete my biennial reaccreditation with IEW. The process includes submitting: A summary of six hours of IEW audio lectures; My lesson plans for each of my courses; Letters of recommendation from a parent and a student; Two papers, one written at the beginning and another at … Continue reading Reaccredited!
Visit my story chart page for the newest addition: The Black Stallion!
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 about the classes, go to my CONTACT tab and send me an email!
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 a story chart, so I finally read it. Not only is it a beautiful story … 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 lain in bed for a while. Realizing I wasn't going back to sleep, I had … Continue reading Twenty Years of IEW: A Tale of Very Fortunate Events