Foundations in Writing and Literature
Full Year (2 Semesters)
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This course provides a solid foundation in writing and literature with thirty weeks of ninety-minute classes covering Units 1-8 of the Institute for Excellence in Writing syllabus as well as an introduction to literature focused on fostering a love of reading. It thoroughly prepares students for Writing and Literature 1.
Taught by an IEW-accredited Certified Instructor, this course is designed to meet the needs of students with less than a year of instruction in the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s (IEW) transformative methods. It equips them with the tools to write compelling and engaging pieces.
IEW uses small, incremental steps that anyone can master and starts at the beginning by focusing on a single paragraph. It then provides a simple method to overcome writer’s block. Having resolved the challenge of what to say, your teen can then focus on how to say it. Adding one writing technique or sentence variation at a time, students practice each one until it is easy before they add another one.
Thus, the reluctant or beginning-level writer learns not only that he CAN write, but also that he can write WELL, fueling enthusiasm. On the other hand, the more advanced writer learns to produce the flowing and varied sentence structures and word choices characteristic of the more mature writer.
Beginning with a basic paragraph, instruction covers Units 1-8 of the Institute for Excellence in Writing Structure and Style syllabus, which will enable students to
Strengthen grammar and punctuation skills as needed.
Improve each part of the writing process as they learn to
1. gather, read, evaluate, analyze, and prepare sources
3. plan and organize thoughts
4. create a rough draft
5. edit to improve organization, flow, clarity, artistry, and impact
6. proof their work to produce a final draft
This course incorporates features that research demonstrates help to fuel students’ desire to read, including the ability to:
Students will learn and apply literary concepts using classic short stories, the Bible, and poetry, as well as self-chosen books and books we will read together as a class (See the BOOKS & SUPPLIES tab above)
In all our courses, students learn to
All courses include a short two-to-four-week unit in non-fiction reading and media discernment in which students strengthen critical reading and thinking abilities. Using famous speeches, essays, and articles, students hone specific reading skills vital to the research process and their functioning as informed consumers of information. Most of these skills are directly tested in college entrance exams. More importantly, they are crucial to a thriving democracy in which citizens freely make informed choices rather than being manipulated by fallacious reasoning. In Foundations, students increase motivation to seek truth and their ability to
Instruction takes place in weekly ninety-minute classes that meet over thirty weeks. Classes break for 5 minutes out of every 30.
Time to allow for this course: In addition to class sessions, students should expect to spend 4-7 hours per week preparing for class.
Enrollment closes August 15 or when the class is full (15 students).
Instructor: Sandra Selling
800.578.2527 | 941.676.3140
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Important Note: We offer these links for your convenience and resource information. Specific editions are not required.
Kindle or ebooks are excellent so long as students can highlight using different colors.
Kindle furnishes a free app to use on phones and PC that provides the ability to highlight in colors, AND many of the classics are then free!
Parents are always welcome to attend student classes or watch class recordings at their convenience.
Within a week of enrolling pupils, parents new to Inspired Writing and Literature (IWL) will receive access to and complete an Initial Survey about their teen's learning needs, previous writing and literature experience, and other helpful information. They will do this for each student one time per year only. Students will complete a similar survey and also complete a skills assessment.
Survey answers and assessment results allow me to tailor lessons to meet the needs of the class and to ensure each student receives the greatest benefit possible. Please take the time to answer the survey questions thoughtfully; they are your chance to tell me how best to help your student.
All new parents of students enrolled with Inspired Writing and Literature (IWL) for the first time are invited to attend a required introductory webinar to learn ways they can support their students at home and help to ensure their success. Here they also will learn what student progress to expect from the course, how to monitor their progress, and how this course contributes to meeting college admissions requirements, as well as the best ways to communicate with the instructor.
Returning parents are encouraged to attend if they feel the need for review.
A time for questions will follow the session. This webinar is offered once in the morning and once in the evening Monday, September 14, the first regular week of class. See the Academic Calendar for these dates and times.
During the school year, parents monitor their students' progress to ensure they remain current with lessons and assignments. Grades, as well as completed and edited assignments, are always accessible online to both students and parents 24/7.
To maximize the use of class time for learning, parents administer and proctor longer tests at home during a time convenient to them. Parents will receive both guidance and support in this if they desire.
I am readily available to both parent and student for consultation and help with current lessons during the week in my online office hours, and at other times by appointment. I am also available throughout the school day via chat and video webinar through Zoom services. If you are unfamiliar with these services, they are provided to you free of charge along with any help you need to use them. You will love the degree of teacher accessibility this service offers you and your students!
In my online office, I can see and type on your student's paper or share a book as we talk. He or she can do the same and can also write and draw on the whiteboard or document on my screen. We can find resources together on the internet or pull up any needed materials or papers from our computers. I can help with drafts, the organization of files in file folders, and even occasionally walk them through using helpful features on their computers. Parents are encouraged to join student consultations whenever possible.
In the Parent Group, parents will find a forum where they can ask questions of the group or me and share information, ideas, and advice. I love it when moms, dads, or students from last year can answer questions or reassure newcomers from the perspective of one who has been there. Please feel free to jump in if you have something to add. Of course, if you have a highly personal question that would not be of interest to others, you may Zoom, call, book an appointment, or email me privately. Be sure to put the word PARENT or STUDENT in all caps on the subject line of any emails. Doing this will highlight your email so that it stands out.