Bible Heroes: Writing Lessons in Structure and Style

Bible Heroes: Writing Lessons in Structure and Style

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Item #: 005940
ISBN: 9781623411176
Grades: 1-2

Product Description:

Now there's no reason to wait until your student is in 3rd grade. Bible Heroes is an excellent language arts bridge from IEW's Primary Arts of Language to their theme-based writing lessons. Or you might decide to use it as a new entry point for the IEW program (as you finish your favorite phonics/reading program). Either way, I think you will be very pleased with what this program supplies lessons that not only provide instruction in writing with structure and style (as the name implies), but also introductory grammar and Bible. The 27 lessons cover IEW Unit 1 (two lessons teaching Key Word Outlines), Unit 2 (seven lessons on Writing from KWOs), Unit 3 (twelve lessons on Summarizing Narrative Stories), Unit 4 (three lessons on Summarizing References), Unit 5 (three lessons on Writing From Pictures), and Unit 7 (one lesson on Creative Writing) The approach is solidly multi-sensory. Lessons include verbal and written activities as well as games for reinforcement and all source material is taken from the Bible. Although the target audience for this course is 1st-2nd grade, material can be adapted for up to 5th grade.

The consumable Student Book provides instructions which are to be read to the student, additional gray boxes that have notes to the teacher, and space for students to complete lessons and writing assignments. Appendices include: styles helps, game pieces (cardstock), and vocabulary cards (also cardstock).

Purchasers of this course have access to two free downloads from the IEW website. One of the downloads is the Student Resource Notebook (also available for purchase in hard copy format). It provides supplementary and reference material needed by the student. The other download is the Bible Heroes Teacher's E-book; this Teacher's Manual is a vital part of the course and its use is expected. It provides more detailed instructions for each lesson, a scope and sequence chart, ideas for discussion of each hero and virtue, answers to review questions, sample key word outlines, brainstorming pages, instruction for games and activities, copies of checklists, and copies of game boards. ~ Janice

Publisher Description:

Get to know the heroes of the Bible while learning to write with structure and style! From Enoch and Noah to John the Baptist and Paul, students will get to know the heroes of the Bible while working through six of IEW's nine units. A variety of games teach vocabulary, reinforce elements of style, and add to the fun!

The Teacher’s Manual e-book, a necessary component included with this purchase, provides all the help necessary for the teacher and parent: discussion starter ideas, sample key word outlines, sample brainstorming ideas, and thorough instructions for the games and activities.

These lessons are designed to be used by an instructor who has been through the Teaching Writing: Structure and Style seminar, either live or on DVD.

Category Description for Theme-Based Writing Lessons (IEW):

Based on specific topics or on events in history, these sets of writing lessons (same grade-range levels as the SSS) offer comprehensive, almost scripted instruction. All necessary source texts have been developed for busy parents and teachers like you. An IEW veteran and aficionado myself, I couldn't conceive of anything more complete than what is provided here. Each lesson offers comprehensive (just short of totally scripted) instruction. All necessary source texts are provided and are reproducible for one parent/one homeschool or one teacher/one classroom. Successful brainstorming is ensured by the inclusion of sample class whiteboards. Clear assignments (sometimes differentiated between levels) along with a checklist to aid both the student in preparation and the parent in grading are reproducible and designed to be handed to the student to work on throughout the week. Based on specific topics or events in various segments of history, the lessons include grammar exercises, vocabulary development, quizzes, and games for review and reinforcement - along with the writing instruction, of course.

In all lessons students are encouraged to polish their final draft perhaps even adding illustrations. At the end of each course the student will have a personal portfolio collection of poems, stories, reports, essays and research papers. Lessons are taught at the beginning of each week allowing the rest of the week for students to complete the assignment which they should be able to do on their own. Teacher preparation is minimal. (Do I hear an emphatic "Yes!"?)

The courses are targeting a progressively more competent student with the assumption that students are working through the courses according to suggested grade levels. Therefore, there is an increasing complexity to the instructions, expectations, and assignments. Accordingly, teachers are encouraged to be flexible with plans. The beginning writer may need to spend more than the suggested week on difficult lessons or omit some of the grammar. Mature students may move more quickly to allow time for additional research writing and/or more creative essay writing.

Many of these courses can be used equally well within a homeschool with several different aged students and all can be used in a co-op/support school setting with more grade-specific groupings of students. It's assumed that parents/teachers have completed Teaching Writing Structure & Style (TWSS), IEW's DVD seminar for parents and teachers. Students who are familiar with IEW's writing method through the Structure and Style for Students (SSS) courses (or the older Student Writing Intensive (SWI) seminars) could probably start with any volume of this series, but it's strongly recommended that students complete US Vol. 1 before US Vol. 2.

For some courses each student will need the Student Resource Notebook which is to be assembled into a 1/2" three-ring binder on the first day of class and includes the following: a chart of IEW Stylistic Techniques; IEW Models of Structure; mini-thesaurus of great verbs, adjectives, and adverbs; IEW decorations with practice worksheets; grammar rules with practice worksheets; list of transition words and phrases and other class handouts. This Student Resource Notebook is available either as a complimentary e-book (downloadable from the IEW website) or in a spiral-bound print version (#54172) that is a separate purchase.

Some courses have both a Teacher and a Student Book. In these courses, instruction for the teacher is more extensive and both books are necessary as the course is designed to be interactive between the teacher and student. Other courses have a single book where instruction is written to the students. Teachers should plan to read over the lessons with the students and help as necessary, especially with outlining and brainstorming. The teacher will need access to a copier (or printer) for student handouts, a large whiteboard, and dry erase markers. A roll of tickets (available at office supply stores) is optional but very useful for encouragement and motivation. Students will need a 1/2" three-ring binder with eight divider tabs (for student resource packet), a 1" three-ring binder with five divider tabs, and access to a thesaurus (preference is Synonym Finder, but you can use an electronic version.) ~ Janice

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This looks like a good way to teach writing; allowing the child to use familiar content of Bible stories to hone their writing skills. Finding my own paragraphs takes a bit to much time for our busy household!
Gwenn R on Sep 10, 2021
Learning writing thru bible story.
Yoonhee S on Sep 2, 2021
This looks like a good way to teach writing; allowing the child to use familiar content of Bible stories to hone their writing skills. Finding my own paragraphs takes a bit to much time for our busy household!
Gwenn R on Sep 10, 2021
for a writing class
Colleen L on Sep 4, 2021
Learning writing thru bible story.
Yoonhee S on Sep 2, 2021
My 7 yo can't wait to do IEW like her big brother.
Jessie K on Aug 2, 2021
I've been very impressed with other IEW curriculum, and I like the idea of the children using Bible stories they are already familiar with to learn to write better.
Sherri S on Mar 31, 2021
Exploring a new curriculum option
Natalie T on Mar 12, 2021
Used with my older students and loved it! Great intro to IEW writing.
Dana A on Sep 16, 2020
My daughter did an IEW course last year as a third grader. It did great things for her writing and structuring her thoughts. I chose the Bible Heroes to use for my son, who'll be a second grader with the aim of introducing him to writing through a great program. I love that the theme focuses on people from the Bible.
Anne L on Aug 8, 2020
Grace Classical School book list
Katie M on Jul 23, 2020
IEW writing is the program we've been using for our children.
Elizabeth S on Jul 6, 2020
On school curriculum
Katie M on Jun 26, 2020
We love the IEW way of teaching writing.
Jessica F on Jun 17, 2020
I love these writing lessons. They make writing fun! I'm going to use them this summer for a writing workshop for two of my granddaughters.
Mark on Jun 9, 2020
My daughter completed this book in 2nd grade, and I am eager for my second child to begin working on writing. This is a great introduction to writing for young students.
Jenny G on Apr 18, 2020
I have used this curriculum with my older children, and my first grader is ready to start writing!
User on Mar 17, 2020
I have completed this book with an older child. I love the program and plan to over it with my second child.
Summer B on Feb 11, 2020
My older children (now in high school) LOVE IEW's Structure & Style sources. I'm using IEW's Bible Heroes with my 2nd grader this year. I appreciate the simplicity of this introductory source.
Mandy N on Jun 6, 2019
I love working with IEW. If I am going to write with little ones, then I want it to be in this way!
Darlene U on Oct 4, 2018
required for homeschool coop class
oki s on Sep 24, 2018
We are looking for an intro into writing, and this curriculum seems to be exactly what we were looking for!
Rachel B on Aug 27, 2018
Lisa J on Aug 9, 2018
IEW is an amazing program!
Kimberly M on Aug 7, 2018
taking a class
teresa c on Jul 31, 2018
My children do IEW's history based writing in 4th grade and I wanted something to help prepare them and many people recommend this.
Dianna C on Jul 27, 2018
For my 2nd and 3rd graders.
Avery S on Jul 22, 2018
I wanted to be reminded about His grace while teaching my children. AM thankful that IEW has an intro level book with bible characters and teachers virtues to go along with it!
Cherrilyn C on Jul 10, 2018
Our family loves IEW! I'll be using this curriculum in our homeschool co-op for our first-time IEW students in grades 2-4.
Kristen H on Jul 5, 2018
Required curriculum for Co-op Grammar & Writing Class.
Cynthia S on Jun 24, 2018
enjoyed the IEW PALS program so thought we'd continue with their structure and style
Jennifer M on May 30, 2018
I have used other IEW themed sets and like the gentle step-by-step format.
User on Jan 9, 2018
easy to follow instructions, great foundation for writing
Ellen S on Nov 2, 2017
I chose this book to teach to a group of 3rd-5th graders. I believe this is a great style to teach the basics of writing.
Janelle M on Sep 14, 2017
A friend recommended it.
Bonnie S on Sep 12, 2017
we will use it for our co-op homeschool group
Ivonne T on Aug 28, 2017
Lyric H on Aug 23, 2017
I want to incorporate writing and bible together. This seems like a good fit for my early age child.
Cynthia O on May 20, 2017
I searched on the internet for a program that uses the Bible to teach writing and that's how I found this book. I want to help my struggling 10 yr old learn to write and teach Bible concepts at the same time. I'm looking forward to using this book.
Rhonda S S on Feb 27, 2017
My 2nd grader needs a supplemental writing program, and I love IEW.
Kim W on Jan 21, 2017
These writing lessons are right at my child's age and interest level.
User on Dec 27, 2016
We've been using Writing With Ease, and I'm not totally happy with it. It provides a lot of narration, copywork, and dictation, but not really any actual writing. I've used IEW with my older child and was very happy with it, and want to start my younger children with the program.
User on Dec 22, 2016
I love the IEW program for older students so I thought this could be a good introductory program. If nothing else we will read Bible passages.
User on Oct 15, 2016
Great writing program for my younger student in prep for entering the IEW program at our school in coming years.
Brandi K on Oct 4, 2016
I was excited to start IEW's "Structure and Style" with my 3 kids, but wanted something that would hit all their ages at once
User on Sep 7, 2016
I've used IEW for years, but only for middle school. I decided to give this a try with my 2nd grade son.
Bonnie F on Sep 3, 2016
Needed for my homeschool co-op
Jennifer H on Aug 4, 2016
I'm excited to introduce our family to IEW. My children will be in 6th and 4th grade but it was recommended to me by a seasoned homeschool parent to use Bible Heroes as a great introduction to the IEW process.
Kim B on Jul 17, 2016
bought this to get my feet wet in IEWs program. So far, I love it.
Sally W on Jun 22, 2016
For my 2nd and 4th graders to do writing together.
Caroline S on Jun 12, 2016
Needed for IEW writing class.
Elyse M on Apr 30, 2016
Extremely thorough and quality writing program but intensive with time. Worth it!
Andrea R on Jan 29, 2016
for a writing class
Colleen L on Sep 4, 2021
My 7 yo can't wait to do IEW like her big brother.
Jessie K on Aug 2, 2021
Hi, Do I need a book for each child I’m teaching, or can I use one book for multiple children? I noticed there’s a supplement I can also print out or buy, is it better to buy the supplement, and do I need 2 of those if I’m teaching 2 children? Thanks!
KELLI on Aug 6, 2021
BEST ANSWER: This printed book is the student book, and each student really should have their own. The additional eBook is the teacher book. I would strongly suggest you have a copy. If you have never used IEW's methods of teaching writing before, I'd suggest you also look at their product, Teaching Writing with Structure and Style. It is available streaming or DVD, I believe, and is invaluable for preparing you to teach from their theme based units. I have a bachelors and master's in Education and have taught for many years; their approach to teaching writing is unique. It's fantastic, and I highly recommend it, but it would be a struggle without the teaching training.

They do offer video-based courses for students, where the videos do the teaching. If you were to use one of those, you wouldn't need the teacher training.
Student Writing Intensive A Student Materials (2015 Edition)
Student Writing Intensive A Student Materials (2015 Edition)
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (DVDs, Workbook, Premium Membership)
Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (DVDs, Workbook, Premium Membership)
Is there information in the book for how to access the free Teacher's Manual e-book?
Jaime K on May 28, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Yes. There is a blue sheet in the front of the student book with the code you need to access it and download instructions. You have to set it up through your IEW profile (free). It's very easy.
Can I teach this if I have no experience with IEW?
A shopper on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I am teaching it to my 2nd grader this year having no experience with IEW, except for having done some research on who they are and their teaching methods through their website and catalogue. I don't even have a teacher manual, which means sometimes I don't have directions for some of the pages with "games" but it works out anyway (I just make up my own version of the game, they look pretty simple). I'm sure we could benefit even more if I had watched the DVDs about teaching style and structure, but we're getting plenty out of it! There's plenty of directions right in the student book for what to do, in my opinion of course. Hope this helps!
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Rated 5 out of 5
So far so good
We're just two weeks in to this curriculum, but we're really liking it so far. It's a great introduction to the IEW way of doing things. I'm using it with a second grader and dyslexic 3rd grader. It's a great level for them, not too hard, so they can feel successful, and not overwhelmed. It gets tougher as it goes on, but it's incremental, as it should be. I'm very happy with it so far.
January 21, 2017
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love this book!
After using another IEW product for my older kids and thoroughly enjoying it, I decided to try this with my 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders. They love it and I love the fact that I can teach them all at the same time. Today we were done with the lesson and I asked them if they wanted to continue to the next activity and they all said, "Yes!" in unison. It is easy to alter the work to make age appropriate, my youngest cannot write her own paragraphs so she dictates to me, I type it out and she writes it on her own. This curriculum helps build so many essential skills.. I wish I had found it sooner!
October 20, 2016
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
A win!
My 8 year old loves these lessons. He has so much fun reading about each Bible Hero, then re-writting his own version of the story using the TWSS techniques. He is also gaining public speaking skills each time he presents his newest story to whichever family member he can catch at the moment!
July 26, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great for beginning writers
I use IEW for all of my kids and love all of their writing books. This one is a perfect entry book for my twins, who are in second grade.
March 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great way to introduce IEW to a young student
My oldest two have done IEW before, but they were older when they started. My youngest is doing a great job and catching on quickly with the lessons.
November 10, 2015
over 5 years ago

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