IEW for Grades 6-8 (9:00)
Course: IEW for Grades 6-8
Instructor: Evelyn Bickel
Class Description: Using Andrew Pudewa’s curricula, students will be led through 9 units of various forms of writing. The course text and basis for instruction follows the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s system (also known as IEW) and helps encourage students to write both formally and creatively.
For all units, students take notes, make outlines for papers, and compose both rough and final drafts on varying topics. For more formal writing, students will practice summarizing references, composing the various parts of essays, and implementing different literary techniques. For creative writing, students will retell narrative stories, write using pictures as prompts, and practice inventive writing.
~Structure and style are emphasized in all units.
~Parent participation outside of class is expected.
~Students should be reading at or above a 6th grade reading level.
Institute for Excellence in Writing’s source texts (undetermined at this time)
Students will spend approximately 2 hours each week composing paragraphs/papers for this class. Parent involvement is expected.
Duration: 28 weeks
Books and Supplies required for purchase by families:
one of Institute for Excellence in Writing’s source texts (undetermined at this time)
A 1-inch, 3-ring binder for note taking, pens, & notebook paper
Grading: A checklist is used for each writing assignment, which is used by both the student and the instructor; however, no grades are assigned by the instructor. Editing marks/comments are given on final drafts, unless otherwise noted.
Teacher Bio: Evelyn Bickel is a Christian, a wife to David, a mama to four homeschooled children, a new-ish transplant to North Carolina, and a former high school and community college English and Composition teacher. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Master of Arts in Teaching. Before had her children, she taught English for 4 years at Evans High School in Evans, Georgia and 2 years of Composition I and Composition II at Hamilton College in Des Moines, Iowa as an adjunct. Last year, she tutored the Essentials program for Classical Conversations, where she led a class of students through all 9 units of IEW's Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons in 24 weeks. At the time of this writing, she has almost finished the requirements for certification as an official IEW instructor through Andrew Pudewa's Institute for Excellence in Writing.