Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (DVDs, Workbook, Premium Membership)

Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (DVDs, Workbook, Premium Membership)

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ISBN: 9781623412234
Grades: AD

Product Description:

The new, updated 2nd edition set of Teaching Writing: Structure & Style includes 12 DVDs, the Seminar Workbook/Syllabus and a Premium Subscription (access card) for one year of online streaming and additional online resources.

Publisher Description:

This powerful and inspiring seminar will transform the way you teach writing to children (and perhaps your own writing as well)! You'll learn how to incrementally teach students to write with clear structure and compelling style. Begin with the basics—rewriting a paragraph—and continue all the way into advanced creative and essay writing. Learn how to nurture excellence in writing and thinking in students of any age.

Whether your students are eager learners or reluctant writers, the award-winning Teaching Writing: Structure and Style video seminar will give you the tools you need to confidently teach your students to write well, think clearly, and express themselves eloquently and persuasively.

Teachers of students in grades K–12 and beyond will learn how to effectively teach their students to

  • outline and summarize
  • generate cohesive paragraphs
  • create stories
  • produce reports and critiques
  • develop essays
  • translate their thoughts and ideas into writing
  • vary sentence structure
  • use interesting vocabulary
  • add literary devices

This complete package includes:

  • twelve DVDs:
    • nine DVDs with instruction on the nine structural models and multiple stylistic techniques (14 hours’ total viewing time—may be watched all at once or viewed one disc at a time throughout the school year)
    • three DVDs of sample Student Workshops at four different grade levels to help you with that first lesson
  • Premium Membership content that allows you access to the following for one year from the date of activation:
    • streaming video of the entire Teaching Writing: Structure and Style teacher training course found on the DVDs
    • streaming video of sample Student Workshops found on the DVDs
    • online Master Classes taught by Andrew Pudewa
    • free access to our online IEW Checklist Generator™
    • MP3 downloads of Andrew Pudewa’s most popular conference talks
    • several PDF downloads
  • TWSS Seminar Workbook, which serves as the syllabus for the seminar and contains charts, word lists, sample lesson plans, and more

Category Description for Teaching Writing Structure and Style®:

Now even better! Teaching Writing Structure and Style - the introductory pivot in the award winning IEW writing program has been newly revised after a decade of providing amazing help and clarification to parents confused with the task of providing writing instruction to their children. With updated video instruction (and more of it), video streaming options, English subtitles, a student demonstration for grades 1 & 2, and greatly expanded seminar workbook, this homeschooling favorite is destined to preserve its place in homeschooling history. If you want a right-out-of-the-box, hand-it-to-your-child-and-go writing program, look elsewhere in our catalog; this is not the product for you. If, on the other hand, you are looking for an overall approach to writing instruction for years to come, a product that will make you a good writing coach and improve your own writing skills along the way, a general outline that will guide you in teaching composition at all levels, then check this out.

The main course is a 12-hour teaching seminar with an accompanying seminar and practicum workbook (syllabus), for the TEACHER (who is the student in this instance). Also included is a set of four student demonstrations – an introduction writing workshop for each of four grade groupings (1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12). The seminar features Andrew Pudewa, homeschooling father of seven, giving the presentation that he normally shares in seminars around the country. He feels that if teachers (a.k.a. parents) possess proper skills for writing, they will be able to pass along these skills to their students. The seminar workbook provides notes from the seminar as well as lots of samples and examples.

The writing seminar covers two basic components of composition – not surprisingly, structure and style – and is divided into nine units: Note Taking and Outlines, Summarizing from Notes, Summarizing Narrative Stories, Summarizing a Reference, Writing from Pictures, Library Research Reports, Creative Writing, Essay Writing, and Critiques. These may be used in the order presented, or you may use the unit that most suits your needs at the time. As you can tell from these units, structure is both the type of writing and the method of organizing the writing.

Style, on the other hand, is taught throughout the units, one technique at a time. Style includes such things as varying sentence openings, using similes and metaphors, or repeating certain words for effect. The author feels that teaching style is more like teaching art or music rather than math or science. The idea is to help students develop a creative flow of well-conceived thoughts. Like playing the piano, some students will master a lot of the material quickly, while other students will master only a portion of the material, but all will achieve variety and competence in expression. He also stresses a separation of the flow of ideas from mechanics (grammar, spelling and penmanship); both are important, but most people can only do one at a time.

The writing instruction methods gleaned from this seminar can be used with students from first grade on up; with students in varying age/grade groups; and over a succession of years. The units might stay the same but you expect continued improvement from the student as you gradually expand the skills. The program also addresses common problems among writing teachers: overcorrecting, not giving enough help when needed, unclear assignments, and over-expectation. It is designed to help you bring the best out in your student; and to not overemphasize the negatives.

The Student Workshops are four short (40-60 minutes) workshops where four grade-level groupings of students are taught by the author using this approach. These workshops (and all the IEW material) are designated for these age groups: 1st – 2nd grades, 3rd – 5th grades, 6th – 8th grades, and 9th – 12th grades. Although the focus of these workshops is the introductory units, they will give you confidence and presentation ideas for all units.

This is one of the most expensive writing programs in our catalog. Is it worth the price? Many satisfied (and enthusiastic!) customers think so. I put myself in this category. I particularly like the last two sentences in the dedication in the workbook. “The pen indeed is mightier than the sword, for it is in the written word that we do most powerfully preserve that which is noble and expose that which is evil. And so in great part, the very future of society rests with those who can write, and write well.”

In this day and age of the disappearing DVD, there are two ways to purchase this program – each with its own advantages. As before, the seminar is available as a set of DVDs (nine with content for the teacher and three for the student demonstrations) plus a video streaming subscription. This option allows you to re-watch in subsequent years at no additional cost. There is also a video streaming-only subscription option (one year, renewable). This gives you access to the video content for one year but requires a renewal fee for usage in subsequent years. Both options include a copy of the seminar workbook which has been greatly expanded. The Student Writing Intensive programs are the student-oriented counterpart to this program – and a sequel to the student demonstrations included with the TWSS. Their teacher material has been expanded to correspond with the new content in the TWSS. ~ Janice




Primary Subject
English/Writing
Grade
AD
ISBN
9781623412234
Publication Date
Second Edition, February 2015 - Third Printing, November 2019
Format
Other
Brand Name
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Weight
3.15 (lbs.)
Dimensions
11.75" x 10.75" x 2.75"
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I have heard many wonderful claims about this curriculum, and am desperate to have my children gain a strong foundation in writing.
lorinda c on Aug 30, 2018
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Melissa B on Aug 21, 2017
I have heard many wonderful claims about this curriculum, and am desperate to have my children gain a strong foundation in writing.
lorinda c on Aug 30, 2018
Good reviews from friends who have used it.
Barbara G on Feb 27, 2018
required for co op
Melissa B on Aug 21, 2017
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CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
This CD set is necessary for the program. It is jam-packed with great information on teaching kids how to write.
User on Dec 27, 2016
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Kate C on May 6, 2016
I was at a conference yesterday and had a chance to look through this material. I think it will be just what my struggling writer needs to help him feel comfortable with writing assignments.
Hope A on Jan 31, 2016
Good reviews from friends who have used it.
Barbara G on Feb 27, 2018
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CHARISSA P on Jun 14, 2017
Detailed description of course?
A shopper on Nov 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You can find a detailed description at this link under the Category Description heading. You will need to click the "show more" button. That description includes this information:

The main course is a 12-hour teaching seminar with an accompanying seminar and practicum workbook (syllabus), for the TEACHER (who is the student in this instance). Also included is a set of four student demonstrations an introduction writing workshop for each of four grade groupings (1-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12). The seminar features Andrew Pudewa, homeschooling father of seven, giving the presentation that he normally shares in seminars around the country. He feels that if teachers (a.k.a. parents) possess proper skills for writing, they will be able to pass along these skills to their students. The seminar workbook provides notes from the seminar as well as lots of samples and examples. .

The writing seminar covers two basic components of composition not surprisingly, structure and style and is divided into nine units: Note Taking and Outlines, Summarizing from Notes, Summarizing Narrative Stories, Summarizing a Reference, Writing from Pictures, Library Research Reports, Creative Writing, Essay Writing, and Critiques. These may be used in the order presented, or you may use the unit that most suits your needs at the time. As you can tell from these units, structure is both the type of writing and the method of organizing the writing.
What, specifically, is different between the 1st and 2nd editions of this product?
User on Jul 12, 2018
BEST ANSWER: There is no difference in the core content - the nine writing units that make up the IEW writing program. The videos are new - updated in appearance and quality - and the whole presentation and materials were tweaked based on the many years of experience in presenting and using this information.
Does this product include the 3 student writing intensives or would those be ordered separately?
A shopper on Aug 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This set includes three short (1 hr) introductory workshops. The same material (note making and writing from notes) is presented for each of the three grade ranges. Similar content is included in the Student Writing Intensive video courses but the SWI courses are much broader and cover more material. Normally, you would order the SWI workshop(s) in addition to the TWSS.
What is included in this set? Is it A and B?
Tonya M on Aug 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This is the basic set that prepares you to teach any level - A,B, or C. It is the foundation from which you can use any of the TWSS materials. This is not the student writing intensive in which Andrew Pudwa himself teaches the lessons at specific levels. This particular set is all you need to teach your kids. The Student Writing Intensives are level specific - A, B, or C - and if you want to use them, you should first work through this TWSS basic set.

I am only part way through the course, but it is excellent.
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My son love it , is very good and step by step explained the subject
July 19, 2019
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9 months ago
Necessary for sucess
Great info in this set- and it's necessary to watch, AS THE TEACHER, in order to be able to effectively teach the material to your students. At times it seemed to draw on and take longer than I would have liked, but there is value in it nonetheless.
July 26, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
This gem has been the best investment I have ever made! Prior to TWSS we had been working with some really 'cute' books to teach writing I can't even begin to describe the daily meltdowns from my very frustrated boys I couldn't understand how they 'just didn't get it' and I was even frustrated myself! For Pete's sake how can a book so full of cute graphics cause so much trouble?!? Since we embarked on our TWSS writing adventure my children haven't sprouted a bunch of halos and angel wings when it comes to writing but they are SO much more willing to work through their writing assignments! Their attitudes are now ones of empowerment They are now able to manipulate language to express what they were trying to write about They are writing far beyond what I expect for boys their ages (6 9 and 11)! Now all of that time wasted in meltdowns is more constructively spent - outside building ziplines from pulleys and playing capture the flag For me? I have the deep feelings of satisfaction knowing that I have equipped my children with something extremely powerful: the ability to put their own thoughts and ideas onto paper!
July 22, 2009
This curriculum is wonderful! For the first time ever I have actually heard my son say writing is kind of fun The instructions are so clear and concise that your child will no longer have to wonder what to write about or how to write it This program has been voted number 1 again and again for a good reason-it really works!
June 25, 2009
Institute for Excellence in Writing Seminar is well worth the investment of time and money If you suffer from feelings of inadequacy as a writing instructor like I did you need this program IEW demystifies the process of teaching writing It takes 10-12 hours of time to watch the DVD�s The teacher however presents his material in an amusing way that is easy to watch Clear models are given for various types of writing Checklists help teachers and students know what is expected and whether goals have been met Grading writing is no longer a struggle and a headache because of the checklists For the first time in ten years of Homeschooling after struggling and dreading teaching writing I am excited to use what I have learned from this program While it does take an investment of time and is not the cheapest program it will pay back your efforts exponentially for years to come
May 13, 2008
Institute for Excellence in Writing has opened my eyes! Having a gifted homeschooler has always been a challenge to me Probably the most challenging was writing I just could not get the writing out of him that he was capable of In fact I had my son watch and interact with the teacher's portion of the CD; and his next assignment was amazing He has utilized what he learned and now his writing is better than I ever expected My son is now an awesome writer We will continue to use the program and view the lectures through out his home schooling In addition my youngest son is enjoying learning how to use the key word outline And a 9 year old with an imagination can write some pretty funny stories with the aide of a key word outline In my seven years of homeschooling this is the best program for teaching writing to any grade level that I've seen
January 19, 2008

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