CLASS DESCRIPTIONS Registration for 2017-2018 is now open. Please see the REGISTRATION INFO tab for more information about how to register. Click on the link there to print registration forms and see tuition costs. For a chart of days and times each class is offered, please see the SCHEDULE tab.
CLASSES FOR YOUNGER ELEMENTARY 2nd-5th Grade: Bible Heroes (Friday 12:10-1:10 SCA) This is a fun class that teaches the basics of writing with a variety of hands-on games and activities appropriate for young students. Children will write (or dictate to parent if not ready to write yet) one paragraph per week about a Bible hero chosen for a particular virtue he or she displays.
They will write stories, reports, poems, and creative essays. They will learn to dress-up their writing with some of IEW’s elements of style and the vocabulary words provided. Each lesson includes a memory verse from the Bible as well.
3rd-6th Grade: All Things Fun and Fascinating (Monday 2:10-3:10 ILA) Fun, fun, fun! This is a true beginner class, but covers most of the IEW units, including reports, stories, mini research reports, writing from pictures, and creative writing. Students will usually complete one paragraph per week. (It is easy to adapt assignments up or down as necessary.) Vocabulary words are also included.
Themes focus on subjects intriguing to young children, such as fun facts from science, animals, men who changed the world, stories from around the world, and more.
HISTORY-BASED WRITING The following history-based classes are all easily adaptable to a wide range of abilities. Each contains basic lessons plus challenges for more advanced students. No prior IEW experience is necessary, but those who have had IEW will find them to be a great review with added challenges to keep them progressing.
4th-7th Grade: Ancient History-Based Writing (Monday 10:50-11:50; Thursday 9:00-10:00 San Clemente; Friday 9:00-10:00 SCA)
Lessons cover most of the IEW models of structure and elements of style. Students will write poems, stories, reports, critiques, essays, and a mini research paper. Vocabulary cards are included. Students will learn and be required to use these great words in their writing. Themes focus on Ancient civilizations: Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, and Rome.
Suggested award-winning literature is optional.
5th-8th Grade: Medieval History-Based Writing (Thursday 11:45-1:00 in San Clemente and Friday 1:30-2:45 Mission Viejo)
Lessons cover most of the IEW models of structure and elements of style. Students will write stories, reports, critiques, responses to literature, other types of essays, and a research paper. Vocabulary cards are included. Students will learn and be required to use these great words in their writing.
Literature includes Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo, 1001 Arabian Nights by Geraldine McCaughrean, The Legend of King Arthur by Roger Lancelyn Green, The King’s Shadow by Elizabeth Alder, Otto of the Silver Hand by Howard Pyle, Robin Hood by J. Walker McSpadden, The Kite Rider by Geraldine McCaughrean, and Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi. Themes focus on major events and people of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.
NEW 2017! 5th-7th: Modern World History-Based Writing (Monday 12:30-2:00 ILA) Lessons cover most of the IEW models of structure and elements of style. Students will write stories, reports, critiques, responses to literature, other types of essays, and a research paper. Vocabulary cards are included. Students will learn and be required to use these great words in their writing.
Literature os optional in the 5th-7th grade class. Books includeAmos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates, Who Was Galileo? by Patricia Brennan Demuth, Who Was Isaac Newton? by Janet B. Pascal, The Lacemaker and the Princess by Kimberly Bradley or In the Reign of Terror by G.A. Henry, Lord of the Nutcracker Men by Ian Lawrence, The Endless Steppe by Esther Hautzig, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, Who Was Ronald Reagan? by Joyce Milton, and The Giver by Louis Lowry.
Themes focus on major events in modern world history, beginning with the invention of the printing press that plunged the world into the modern era and ending in present day.
NEW 2017! 7th-9th: Modern World History-Based Writing (Thursday 10:00-11:15 San Clemente) Modern World IEW in this class will be for experienced IEW students. We will review IEW elements of style and models of structure, but will quickly move away from the standard IEW checklist to focus more on content and higher level concepts that will prepare students for high school level writing. Themes focus on major events in modern world history, beginning with the invention of the printing press that plunged the world into the modern era and ending in present day. As always, vocabulary and literature are included. Here are the required books: Amos Fortune, Free Manby Elizabeth Yates Who Was Galileo?by Patricia Brennan Demuth Who Was Isaac Newton?by Janet B. Pascal The Lacemaker and the Princessby Kimberly Bradleyor In the Reign of Terrorby G.A. Henty Lord of the Nutcracker Menby Ian Lawrence The Endless Steppeby Esther Hautzig Number the Starsby Lois Lowry Who Was Ronald Reagan?by Joyce Milton The Giverby Louis Lowry
7th-9th Grade: Narnia-Based Writing Lessons (with Other Related Literature) (Tuesday 8:30-10:00 SCA) Do not let the Narnia theme deceive you. This is a challenging class and previous IEW experience is recommended. Using the first three books of C.S. Lewis’s Narnia collection as springboards (The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy) and other classic books (Animal Farm by George Orwell, The Boy in Striped Pajamasby John Boyne, The Giver by Louis Lowry, and Mere Christianityby C.S. Lewis) the lessons review the basics of IEW and then continue well beyond. Themes focus on people or places mentioned in the Narnia books and events and people contemporary with the setting of the books (WWII, Hitler, utopias).
This is a great course to prepare for high school level writing. Students will write stories, reports, research papers, narrative and descriptive essays, response to literature essays, comparison essays, persuasive essays, and poems. Vocabulary words are included.
FOR HIGH SCHOOL: English Composition and Literature
10th-12th Grade: Advanced US History-Based Writing with American Literature (Tuesday 10:15-11:45 SCA and Thursday 1:00-2:30 San Clemente )
This challenging course begins by quickly reviewing and, more importantly, refining the IEW models of structure and elements of style at a high school level. The lessons rapidly progress to adapting the basic models to more advanced types of essays: argumentative (for SAT prep), personal (as for college entrance essays), narrative, descriptive, contrast, response to literature, literary analysis, and persuasive essays of varying lengths, all in MLA format. The typical IEW checklist is replaced with a rubric that focuses more on structure and content. Literature study and discussion are woven into the lessons. Students will read, discuss, and write about the following novels while studying the literary period in which they were written:
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne ·Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain ·To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson (Memoir of the youngest of Schindler's Jews) ·The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway
Vocabulary cards are included. Words were taken from a list of words most frequently found on the college entrance SAT test.
Previous IEW experience is recommended for this course. If your student is interested in this course and has not had a previous IEW class, please let me know. I have a DVD series he or she may watch over the summer.
Lively Art of Writing & Windows to the WorldLiterary Analysis (not available 2017-18) The first semester focuses on refining several variations of the basic essay using The Lively Art of Writing and The Elegant Essay. These are excellent books that will help students write with more sophistication in structure, style, and content. Students will write expository, argumentative, narrative, descriptive, response to literature, and persuasive essays. They will end the semester with a research paper (persuasive essay of at least 12 paragraphs) in MLA format.
The second semester will focus on literary analysis using the curriculum Windows to the World by Lesha Myers. The work in this curriculum revolves around short stories included in the student text as well as three classic novels. Novels and stories we will read and write about include, but may not be limited to, the following.
First Semester: Night by Elie Wiesel Plus two or three novels of choice
Second Semester: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (subject to change) “The Gift of the Magi” by O. Henry “The Open Window: by Saki “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Connell The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (abridged) “The Necklace” by Guy de Maupassant “Fighting with a Cannon: by Victor Hugo Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (abridged)