Intro to IEW
Welcome to the Institute for Excellence in Writing!
Our mission is to equip teachers and teaching parents with methods and materials which will aid them in training their students to become confident and competent communicators and thinkers.
Using the four language arts—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—IEW methods have been proven to be effective for students of all ages and levels of ability, including those who are gifted, have special needs, or are English language learners.
Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Think!
Why Choose IEW?
It’s easy to use: We provide step-by-step instructions for using our materials.
It’s enjoyable: You and your children will laugh as you learn, with teaching by Andrew Pudewa.
It’s flexible: IEW works with students spanning a wide range of ages and aptitudes.
It’s a lifelong investment in your children: Structure and Style™ provides them with skills in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and THINKING!
How does IEW's writing program work?
IEW's unique approach provides the structure that students need to develop confidence in the writing process, while gradually guiding them toward greater independence and creativity. They will learn nine structural models (note taking, writing paragraphs, stories, simple reports, writing from pictures, research reports, creative writing, essays, and critiques) to help them organize any type of composition. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, sentence openers, and more) are taught incrementally to gently move students from the basics into more sophisticated writing.
Where do I start?
The best place to start is with DVD training for the teacher: Teaching Writing: Structure and Style. To make it easy for you in the beginning, we recommend you purchase a Student Writing Intensive along with it. This yearlong student DVD course will lay a solid foundation for your student while giving you time to become familiar with the program.
Once you receive your materials, read the introduction to the Student Writing Intensive, then turn to Lesson 1. It will instruct you to watch the first two units of the teacher course. Then, put in the first student disc to get started with your kids. Plan on a one-hour "writing class" every other week. During that time you will watch the DVD as explained in the Student Writing Intensive teacher's notes, and then spend the next two weeks working on the writing assignments given.
What does a lesson look like?
Each lesson will include a structural model and stylistic techniques for students to practice. For example, in Lesson 1 of the Student Writing Intensive, a source paragraph is presented by Andrew Pudewa on the DVD. Students will learn how to create a key word outline from the paragraph. After testing the outline by orally turning it back into sentences, Andrew teaches them how to combine facts using a who/which clause. He gives them several examples of how to do this, and then the students are invited to write a paragraph including a who/which clause. As students progress, they will incrementally learn additional elements to include in their compositions.
Why video instruction?
At the core of our program is the parent/teacher training course on DVD, Teaching Writing: Structure & Style. Some have asked, "Why a DVD course? Couldn't I just read a book to get this information?" While the accompanying Seminar Workbook is packed with helpful information, the DVD format will provide the most helpful formation for the teacher. Rather than simply reading about how to teach this program, you will be inspired by master teacher Andrew Pudewa. The DVDs allow him to show and not just tell you how to put this method into practice. The student DVDs, while optional, provide additional support and modeling for you and for your students. Many people choose to use them in the first year to lay a foundation for their students while giving the instructor time to become familiar with the program. As one homeschooling mom put it, the Student Writing Intensive makes it "fall-out-of-bed easy" to get started with IEW!
What is in the student materials?
The student materials contain all the source texts, checklists, and assignments that will be needed for the course. They include model paragraphs, stories, and report source texts so your student can focus in the beginning on the how to write instead of getting bogged down with the what to write.
The materials also include tools for writing, such as word lists and sample writing models so that your student can build a writing reference notebook. This notebook grows one page at a time so students become comfortable and competent in using every part of the resource.
How do the theme-based courses work?
Our theme-based courses provide ready-made lesson plans to support you in teaching writing to your students in the context of history, literature, science, and more. Since they do not include a student DVD component, they presume that the instructor using them has been through the Teaching Writing: Structure & Style course, so as to be prepared to directly teach the material to the students. To make this easy, the theme-based books include source texts, checklists, and assignments centered around a particular theme, as well as detailed written instructions for the student and the teacher.
Most of these courses work through all nine IEW units, so they can be used for both new and returning IEW students. The courses often have multiple levels of instruction included so that you can use them with a wider range of students.