U.S History-Based Writing Lessons Teacher and Student Set

U.S History-Based Writing Lessons Teacher and Student Set

# 032557

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Item #: 032557
ISBN: 9781623413262
Grades: 6-8

Secondary Description:

The new edition of USH-S does not come with the Student Resource Packet as a download because it is a resource that is not essential for completing the course. Here are the downloads included with the new edition of USH-S.

  • Advanced_Additions
  • Checklists.pdf
  • Exemplars.pdf
  • Simplified_Source_Texts.pdf

Publisher Description:

Travel back in time to early United States history! This theme-based writing curriculum allows students to delve into the excitement of explorers, battles, land expansion, famous ships, and founding fathers while learning to write with the Structure and Style® writing method. Offering a full year of instruction for students in grades 6–8, these lessons cover all nine IEW Units. Vocabulary cards, literature suggestions, and access to helpful PDF downloads are also included. Purchase the Teacher’s Manual and Student Book together and save!

Now a one-year course, this revised edition covers from the early explorers to the 20th century. Designed to be taught in weekly class sessions (about 1.5 hr. each) with students completing assignments over the remainder of the week. Topics include colonial life, Declaration of Independence, Louisiana Purchase, Civil War, the gold rush, WWI, Civil Rights and more. 30 lessons. Teacher guide features reduced student pages. Six related novels may be added for optional literature study.

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. Clear assignments (sometimes differentiated between levels) along with a checklist to aid both the student in preparation and the parent in grading. These are also designed to be used by 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.

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. Teachers should plan to read over the lessons with the students and help as necessary, especially with outlining and brainstorming. A roll of tickets (available at office supply stores) is optional but very useful for encouragement and motivation. ~ Janice

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Lori Verstegen
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Institute for Excellence in Writing
4.25 (lbs.)
11.0" x 10.25" x 1.5"
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love the workbook format and organized lesson plan. Trusting the Lord that it will help my son learn writing and US history together.
Chase C E on Feb 24, 2023
For a co-op class
Melissa E on Apr 6, 2022
love the workbook format and organized lesson plan. Trusting the Lord that it will help my son learn writing and US history together.
Chase C E on Feb 24, 2023
I chose this as the English Language Writing Component to match what my child was already studying in History.
Melanie L on Jun 26, 2022
For a co-op class
Melissa E on Apr 6, 2022
The IEW method simplifies teaching writing, a notoriously difficult subject to teach. I think it produces students who know how to write well.
User on Jul 7, 2021
Required curriculum
Ingrid F on Jun 28, 2021
We have used IEW in the past and it was successful for my middle schooler.
Bradley A on May 25, 2021
This is an excellent resource we use for Classical Conversations homeschooling. IEW has <br /> better prepared my children for research and writing than most other curriculums out there.
Crystal E on Aug 31, 2020
Classical Conversations
Kristie M on Aug 27, 2020
Classical Conversations Essentials Cycle 3
Erica H on Aug 19, 2020
Using for Classical Conversations Essentials Cycle 3
Michelle on Aug 17, 2020
Using this in our Classical Conversations co-op. We are so thankful for this book by IEW
Angela K on Aug 17, 2020
School request
Malgorzata G on Aug 12, 2020
Love this writing curriculum because it creates a very strong foundation, building each week on the skills from the prior week. We use it in CC and repeat it for 3 years.
Jennifer P on Aug 8, 2020
This is an excellent program. Use it for a struggling writer or an advanced writer. In any situation, your student will succeed!
Cindy K on Aug 7, 2020
Required by our homeschool curriculum
Ruth P on Aug 5, 2020
I chose this because I have a student doing Classical Conversations Essentials and this is the writing book they are doing this year.
Dawn W on Aug 3, 2020
Required for CC
Ethan K on Aug 1, 2020
classical conversations cycle 3
Robin H on Jul 29, 2020
Needed it for school
Lauren A on Jul 23, 2020
Required for CC Essentials Cycle 3.
Guest G on Jul 6, 2020
I use this at Classical Conversations. A great writing program that my son says is fun!
Melissa R on Jul 1, 2020
I started IEW last year with my oldest. I learned a lot about how to teach paper writing and she learned a lot too. We are looking forward to our second year of IEW together.
Lisa R on Jun 24, 2020
Excellent writing program that makes research and writing a paper super simple!
N W on Apr 24, 2020
Classical Conversations Essentials Class
Kari U on Apr 19, 2020
Required by daughter's hybrid homeschool program
Raquel S on Aug 14, 2019
My daughter is studying about American history. I think this is a good fit.
Vivian G on Aug 13, 2019
He have used IEW for years and have been very pleased with it.
Ashley P on Jul 24, 2019
Teaching set for us at cooperative tutorial.
User on Jul 16, 2019
Recommended by a friend
Laura M on Jun 10, 2019
To compliment our history program this year. I want my daughter to be more interested in writing and she loves history.
Carrie D on Dec 10, 2018
Have to have for classical conversations essentials class.
April B on Aug 27, 2018
using in co-op
Bobbi C on Aug 22, 2018
Needed for Co op Class
Ahmed M on Aug 6, 2018
Required for a co-op class
Karrie P on Jul 29, 2018
IEW is such a solid program!
Tracy G on Feb 8, 2018
In a class that uses this curriculum
User on Jan 2, 2018
Classical Conversations class required updated book
Christy G on Sep 14, 2017
required by CC
Jessica B on Sep 11, 2017
We love IEW! And we are joining Classical Conversations this year in which they use this text.
User on Aug 25, 2017
homeschool classical conversation
Andrew F on Aug 22, 2017
My daughter loves IEW's writing programs. She doesn't want to do anything else. This one goes with our history-based unit study for the year.
Kylee on Aug 22, 2017
require for co op
Melissa B on Aug 21, 2017
Classical Conversations recommendation
Jill S on Aug 15, 2017
We are doing CC this year and these are the books for the program.
Amy S on Aug 14, 2017
classical conversations
Allison F on Aug 14, 2017
We participate in classical conversation
Daniel S on Aug 9, 2017
Required for co-op
Mercedes C on Aug 8, 2017
Needed for School
Renae S on Jul 28, 2017
For the Classical Conversations Essentials program
Danielle R on Jul 27, 2017
Recommended Program
Esther L on Jul 10, 2017
I chose this as the English Language Writing Component to match what my child was already studying in History.
Melanie L on Jun 26, 2022
The IEW method simplifies teaching writing, a notoriously difficult subject to teach. I think it produces students who know how to write well.
User on Jul 7, 2021
Does this set include ISBN: 978-1623413248 also?
Devyn on Aug 10, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hi! Yes it does include the Student Workbook. It is the Teacher’s Manual and the Student Workbook.
Is this the second edition copyright 2019? That is what I need.
A shopper on Jun 24, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is the 2nd edition with a 2019 copyright.
What edition is this set? I am looking for first edition 2017 , needed for a class. Thank you
A shopper on Apr 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I purchased this set in April 2019 for our co-op. Itis copyrighted Febrary 2017.
Do I need the TWSS or can this be used as a stand alone?
A shopper on Nov 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: If you are completely unfamiliar with IEW resources, and want to continue using it for a few years, the TWSS is helpful. But it is definitely not essential, in my opinion. I started in a small group using ONLY the student book. If you are new to IEW the teacher book is probably helpful, but I generally only use the student book at home. We are already familiar with IEW, however.
What are the titles of the 6 optional novels referenced in the appendix of this workbook?
A shopper on Jul 6, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Literature suggestions: The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Johnny Tremain, The Sign of the Beaver, By the Great Horn Spoon, Rifles for Watie, Hattie Big Sky, and Journey to Topaz. An extra title was added when the course was revised.
Does the teacher edition contain the student edition as well? (for US Hx IEW grade 6 - 8)
A shopper on May 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It does include all the lessons and worksheets, however the answers and notes are shown as well. You would need both books to complete the class. In fact, my student was enrolled in a co-op class. Yet, I still needed the TM in order to help her with homework and to understand the assignments. Hope that helps!
Do you have the 2017 edition of the iew us history based writing?
anndeagirl on Apr 3, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, this is the new 2017 version of U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Volume 1.
The "Download a Teacher Guide" is for the 2008 version. Is the current 2014 version for sale or just 2008?
User on Sep 28, 2016
This is the 2014 edition.
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Rated 5 out of 5
Thorough & easy to follow
Lots of options to add/ reduce the complexity of the lesson to fit children's abilities and the family's (or coop's) schedule.
August 27, 2022
8 months ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Perfect for Students With Dyslexia
Both of my teenage boys are severely dyslexic and "allergic" to school. IEW's US History-Based Writing Lessons not only re-enforce our history lessons, the incremental, step-by-step process, and checklists make writing less of a struggle. I think it is better to use this after having used one of IEW's video series.
August 6, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
I have used various theme-based IEW books in teaching writing in a homeschool co-op these past six years, and this is the first time I have used the U.S. History theme-based book. So far, I am really enjoying it, and appreciate the clear layout of the student text and the organization of the teacher's manual.
September 18, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Great material!
Great curriculum, easy to teach and follow.
September 8, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Proven Winner
As usaual, worked very well in our co-op setting.
August 17, 2020
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
My little girl age 10.5 is really enjoying it! Great instructions, literature, vocabulary study and writing lessons
August 19, 2019
over 3 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Love IEW!
We really enjoy the IEW products. This goes perfect with my son's American History course. This follows the IEW method of teaching writing.
July 26, 2019
over 4 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
solid learning
IEW courses are consistent, solid learning. It is so freeing to have a writing curriculum that gives concrete expectations for essays and a methodical, understandable process with which to achieve the goals. I am grateful for Andrew Pudewa! This has helped our whole family improve in writing.
February 5, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Produce confident writers
I first used U.S. History-Based Writing when my daughter was in fourth grade, and at that time, the edition had them writing five-paragraph reports and analyzing literature which was so discouraging to us (but I was determined to plod through). In the newer, revised edition, Verstegen recognizes that the students need more explanation, time, and maturity before progressing to that level. At the end of the year, a mid- to upper-elementary student will be able to write a cohesive and intriguing paragraph (or three) which in future years can be easily transformed into complicated pieces. The pacing works well for our co-op and parents are pleased with the outcomes it produces. As a volunteer instructor, I recommend it because it is clearly laid out to minimize my prep time. Watching the TSS dvd's is a must before working with your class.
July 12, 2017
Rated 5 out of 5
I have used IEW for the last two years as I have taught fourth-seventh grade students We have utilized both the Middle Ages book and the Early American History Volume 1 I can not tell you how much my students love to write now I had boys who would not even attempt key word outlines last year and now they are scrambling to be the first to read their finished paper IEW breaks writing down to a very manageable art My students know that they are becoming more adept writers with each paper they work on They are including such things as metaphors similes personification and alliteration in each of their paragraphs They are also learning to vary their sentence structure which makes for a much more interesting paper to read I can not recommend this resource enough! It is one of those products that after finding it I wonder how I ever homeschooled without it!
March 17, 2009

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