High School Essay Intensive

The first assignment was to write an essay on a given topic in 20 minutes.

We both wrote our essays and shared them, and now we’re dissecting those essays as we watch the instruction. Also, we’re brainstorming what style of essay would work best for a variety of topics.

First let me say that IEW is an amazing writing program.

That’s how most people feel about writing an essay. For years we’ve been using Institute for Excellence in Writing with our kids, so I was so excited to be given the opportunity to try out the High School Essay Intensive program.

But, streaming videos doesn’t work well for us on limited data, so we stuck to the DVDs.

Here’s what covered by the DVD lectures: Part 1A – General Strategies for Essay Writing: Length and Structure Part 1B – General Strategies for Essay Writing: Invention and Style Part 2 – Understanding and Preparing for the New ACT Essay Part 3 – Understanding and Preparing for the Redesigned SAT Essay Part 4 – Strategies for the Personal Essay Jayme and I are watching the DVD instruction together, and working through some practice activities.I never thought I’d laugh while watching an instructional lecture on writing high school essays.But, the High School Essay Intensive from Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) made it happen.It’s a 28 page packet that is basically the text or guide through the program.Finally you get the IEW Portable Walls for the Essayist.For example, you can watch the first DVD about strategies for Essay Writing (1a & 1b) then spend a few months working on essays!Overall, I think for the high school student who isn’t confident about their writing or who wants to ensure that they are prepared for essays on tests, you will definitely want this program!I’ve been using that program for 6 years and have tutored a class for 4 years, but I have NEVER done any of the high school level programs from IEW until now. If you don’t have any experience in IEW it is totally okay!Andrew Peudwa will soon become your family friend as you invite him into your living room (or school room) when you watch the DVDs.All my Classical Conversations families out there know how much we love using their History-Based Writing books as part of our Essentials program.It’s based on their Teaching Writing: Structure and Style program.

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