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Elementary IEW

Description: In this IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) class, your 3rd-5/6th grader will delight in humorous characters and fascinating creatures while learning to write using structure and style.  Characters, creatures, and men of history will capture your child's imagination and provide rich writing content.  Using this methodology, your child will learn concrete techniques and move from being an inexperienced writer to a confident writer.  Each week, 1-2 hours of homework will be assigned and parental supervision and guidance will be required.    

Required Text: 

• All Things Fun & Fascinating: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style by Lori Verstegen (IEW.com/AFF)

• Student Resource Notebook (by purchasing the student book above through IEW, you will receive it as a free e-book download to print out)

• Thesaurus

April 26, 2017

PLEASE check your Engrade!

Today we shared our favorite activity (each student got to demonstrate) and did a brain inventory to explain details about our favorite activity. In addition, we took a vocabulary test.

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Complete a final printed copy of your favorite activity paragraph. You MUST have your mom or dad proof read it before turning it in.

2. Use the checklist on page 144 - complete everything before coming to class.

Vocabulary: 

1. Study for the last vocabulary quiz - it covers all 30 words.





April 19, 2017

PLEASE check your Engrade!

Today we worked on creating an introductory sentence and a concluding statement for the three paragraph paper due next week. In addition, we changed all the topic sentences to ones that contained a transition word or phrase.

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Complete a final printed copy (worth 200 points) of the 3-paragraph report on famous men. You MUST have your mom or dad proof read it before turning it in.

2. Use the checklist on page 140 - complete everything before coming to class.

Vocabulary: 

1. Complete all the vocabulary cards.

2. Complete the word search.

3. Study for the last vocabulary quiz.

April 12, 2017

PLEASE check your Engrade!

Today we continued to practice outlining information from 2 sources and creating a fused outline. Specifically we read two sources about Thomas Edison.

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. From the fused outline, write a one paragraph report on Thomas Edison. Use the checklist (p. 136) prior to turning in - also have mom or dad read over it first.

Vocabulary: 

1. Complete the lesson 19 vocabulary cards.

April 5, 2017

Today we continued to practice outlining information from 2 sources and creating a fused outline. Specifically we read two sources about Louis Braille.

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. From the fused outline, write a one paragraph report on Louis Braille. Use the checklist (p. 130) prior to turning in - also have mom or dad read over it first.

Vocabulary: 

1. Complete the lesson 18 vocabulary cards.

March 29, 2017

Today we learned how to outline information from 2 sources and create a fused outline. Specifically we read two sources about Ben Franklin.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. From the fused outline, write a one paragraph report on Ben Franklin. Use the checklist prior to turning in - also have mom or dad read over it first.

Vocabulary: 

1. Complete the lesson 17 vocabulary cards.

March 22, 2017

Today we had fun brainstorming another story from pictures and learned new vocabulary words.

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Complete a 3-part rough draft of ALL 3 pictures from "The Fishing Trip" - use the checklist on p. 116 (plus add at least one vocab word).

Vocabulary: 

1. Complete the lesson 16 vocabulary cards.

March 15, 2017

Today we took a vocab quiz and brainstormed a story based on the last two pictures.

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Complete the brainstorm on page 110.

2. Complete a 3-part rough draft of ALL 3 pictures - use the checklist on p. 112 (plus add at least one vocab word).

Vocabulary: 

1. Complete the lesson 15 vocabulary cards.

March 8, 2017

Today we started a new unit - writing stories from pictures. This certainly gets the creativity and imagination going!

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Complete a rough draft of picture paragraph 1 - use the checklist on p. 112.

Vocabulary: 

1. Complete the word search and prepare for next week's quiz. Lesson 14 words :) Make sure ALL your cards are complete.

March 1, 2017

Today we learned how to create an introductory statement for an essay and a final clincher. In addition, we learned about transitioning from one paragraph to the next by using transition words or statements.

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Using the three paragraphs: beavers, swiflets, and honeybees, create an essay about animal homes. Review instructions on pages 103-105. The essay must include an introductory statement and a final clincher.

2. Use transition words to connect and transition to each paragraph. There is a great list available on pages 52-53 in the Student Resource Guide.

3. Be sure to highlight the key words in the topic sentences and clincher sentences, in each of the three paragraphs, that repeat or reflect.

4. This three (3) paragraph FINAL DRAFT should be typed (12 pt font) and edited by mom or dad before printing. Use the checklist on page 106 to check everything (before the beginning of class). Don't forget to use vocab words.

Vocabulary: Lesson 14 words :) Make sure ALL your cards are complete.

February 15, 2017

Today we learned the decoration three short staccato sentences (3SSS) and read about army ant (wow).

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Write a rough draft of the army ants paragraph. 

2. Be sure to highlight the key words in the topic sentence and clincher sentence that repeat or reflect.

3. Use the checklist on page 102 to check everything. Don't forget to use a 3sss and vocab words.

Vocabulary: Lesson 13 words :) Make sure ALL your cards are complete.

February 10, 2017

Today we took another vocabulary test and reviewed the paragraphs about swiftlets' nests. In addition, we learned about honeybees and were introduced to new vocabulary.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Write a rough draft of the honeybees paragraph. 

2. Be sure highlight the key words in the topic sentence and clincher sentence that repeat or reflect.

3. Use the checklist on page 96 to check everything.

Vocabulary: Lesson 12 words :) Make sure ALL your cards are complete.

February 1, 2017

Today we reviewed our vocabulary words, the topic sentence/ clincher sentence rule (using hand motions) and went over the Busy Beaver paragraph. In addition, we read about an interesting bird that makes tasty, edible nests, and wrote a key word outline.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Write a final draft of the Busy Beaver paragraph. 

2. Be sure highlight the key words in the topic sentence and clincher sentence that repeat or reflect.

3. Use the checklist on page 86 to check everything.

4. Write a rough draft of A Bird with a Tasty Nest.

5. Use the checklist on page 92 to check everything.

Vocabulary: Lesson 11 words :) Make sure ALL your cards are complete.

January 25, 2017

Today we learned the topic sentence/ clincher sentence rule (using hand motions) and brainstormed dress ups for Busy Beaver.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing: 

1. Write a rough draft of the Busy Beaver paragraph. 

2. Be sure highlight the key words in the topic sentence and clincher sentence that repeat or reflect.

3. Use the checklist on page 92 to check everything.

Vocabulary: Lesson 10 words :)

January 18, 2017

Today we played a review game and examined the rough drafts of Pecos Bill. 

 

HOMEWORK

Writing: Edit your rough draft of Pecos Bill and write a final draft using the checklist on page 70. Have your mom or dad check before you print. :)

Vocabulary: Study all the words :)

January 11, 2017

Today we learned about similes by doing a little 3-minute play called Simile City. Following that, we brainstormed similes, hyperbole, strong verbs, ly adverbs, and quality adjectives to use in the rough draft of Pecos Bill. 

 

HOMEWORK

Writing: Finish the brainstorm on page 69. Using the checklists on pages 64 and 67, write a 3 part rough draft rewrite of Pecos Bill.

Vocabulary: Lesson 8 words :)

December 14, 2016

Today we shared poetry, learned about tall tales, read one about Paul Bunyan, and wrote a key word outline. Reading tall tales will be an opportunity to learn about hyperbole and similes. In addition, we worked on making greeting cards using our poems. 

 

HOMEWORK

Writing: None :)

Vocabulary: No new this week :)

December 7, 2016

Today we went over and revised the Little Dutch Boy rough drafts, took the second vocabulary test and learned about three different types of poems.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Type a final draft of the Little Dutch Boy - complete the checklist on page 58.

2. Write a Holiday Poem of your choice after completing pages 75-78.

Vocabulary: No new this week :)

November 30, 2016

Today we used the story sequence chart again to outline Little Dutch Boy. We also learned a new dress up - the who/which clause. In addition we brainstormed strong verbs, ly adverbs, and quality adjectives to use in the rough draft.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Complete pages 53-58.

2. Write or type a rough draft of all three parts of Little Dutch Boy.

2. Use the checklist on page 58 to make sure to include everything. Plus, include at least one vocabulary word.

 

Vocabulary: Lesson 7 vocabulary words, word search and study for the next quiz. :)

There was no class on November 9, 2016.

November 16, 2016

Today we shared Damocles part 2 and created a KWO of part 3. Following that, we wrote a rough draft of part 3 identifying an -ly sentence opener, a strong verb, quality adjective, -ly adverb, and vocabulary words.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Write or type a final draft of all three parts of Damocles.

2. Use the checklist on page 52 to make sure to include everything. Plus, include 3 vocabulary words.

Vocabulary: Review all past ones. :)

November 2, 2016

Today we reviewed the decoration and literary technique alliteration by reciting a few tongue twisters. Next, we learned about the story sequence chart - rather than pulling key words from each sentence, we ask questions pertaining to these three components: 1. characters/setting 2. conflict/problem 3. climax/resolution in or to create a KWO.

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Complete the brainstorm on page 49.

2. Write a rough draft (RD) of section 2 of "Damocles and the King."

Vocabulary: anticipate, content, and dismayed

October 26, 2016

Today we learned about the decoration and literary technique alliteration. We had fun creating silly sentences (Ooo...that was an alliteration). We also reviewed our banned words and how to create a title from the moral/lesson of the story.

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Write a final draft (FD) of The Ants and the Grasshoppers (make sure you have a clear ending to the story - your own version) and that the title is based on the moral which should be your last sentence.

2. Use the checklist on p. 42 (also add/use two vocabulary words)

Vocabulary: no new words this week

October 19, 2016

Today we created a KWO of The Ants and the Grasshopper. Reviewed banned verbs and banned adjectives and completed the first vocabulary test.

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Complete pages 35-40.

2. Write a rough draft of The Ants and the Grasshopper. 

3. Add your own ending to the story (how the ants respond and what happens to the grasshopper) and a moral.

4. Make sure your final sentence states the moral of the story (base your title on that).

5. Complete your vocabulary cards.

Vocabulary: prudent, admonish, and industrious (try to use these in your rough draft too)

October 12, 2016

Today we reviewed and learned about creating excellent titles and adding a final moral sentence to our stories.

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Be sure to complete pages 27-32 from last week.

2. Write a final draft of "The Crow and the Peacocks."

3. Make sure your final sentence states the moral of the story (base your title on that).

4. Study your vocabulary cards for the quiz.

Vocabulary: no new words

October 5, 2016

Today we learned about ly words, quality adjectives, and banned adjectives. We identified banned words in the story "The Crow and the Peacocks" and created a KWO.

 

HOMEWORK

Writing:

1. Complete pages 27-32.

2. Write a rough draft of "The Crow and the Peacocks."

3. Make sure your final sentence states the moral of the story (base your title on that).

4. Complete your vocabulary cards.

Vocabulary: saunter, ravishing, and woefully

September 28, 2016

Today we heard oral presentations about "Limeys" and "A Strange Creature," discussed banned words, and learned how to use strong verbs. In addition, we created a KWO of "Belling the Cat."

HOMEWORK

Writing/Speaking:

1. Finish the brainstorm on page 24.

2. Memorize the banned words.

3. Write a rough draft of "Belling the Cat." Be sure to use the proper quotation rules and indent with a new speaker.

4. Follow the checklist on page 26 to make sure everything is incorporated.

Vocabulary: chorus, lurch, and venture

September 21, 2016

Today: We heard oral presentations about "Stinky Giants" or "Life Preservers", reviewed how to create a keyword outline, tested the outline by retelling it, and went over the new vocabulary program.

HOMEWORK

Writing/Speaking:

1. Read "Limeys" or "A Strange Creature".

2. Create a keyword outline (KWO).

3. Retell the source text to a family member using only the KWO.

4. Be prepared to present your retelling in front of the class - remember, eye contact while speaking.

Vocabulary: plummet, remedy, and diligently

September 14, 2016

What a great first class! So glad to see everyone familiar with IEW and participating! I give participation points each week, so keep it up. :) Today: We reviewed how to create a keyword outline, tested the outline by retelling it.

Homework:

1. Read "Stinky Giants" or "Life Preservers".

2. Create a keyword outline (KWO).

3. Retell the source text to a family member using only the KWO.

4. Be prepared to present your retelling in front of the class - remember, eye contact while speaking.

Vocabulary: None this week - we will start next week.