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Writing IEW - Following Narnia: Volume 1 - The Lion's Song

Using the first three novels from The Chronicles of Narnia series, this course will enable 5th -  7th grade students to experience the enchanted land of Narnia through the “Structure and Style” writing method. The Institute for Excellence in Writing teaching methods have helped many students to become successful and competent communicators.  In this course students will move through each of the nine units in a step by step fashion with clear directives that will help to reduce confusion and build confidence in their writing ability. They will learn to take notes and create outlines, summarize narrative stories, construct a research report, compose creative essays and write formal essays and critiques.  This approach to learning to write provides the structure that students need in order to develop confidence in the writing process. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, use of adverbial clauses, sentence openers, etc.) will be taught incrementally to move students from the basics to more sophisticated writing. 

Keeping up with weekly assignments will allow students to participate in classroom discussions and activities and will enable them to progress in skill development.  The literature component in this course will be based on the first three Narnia books: The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy.  Specific chapters of each book will be assigned weekly for homework as we work through the units. There are usually 1-3 chapters assigned per week. The assigned chapters will be discussed in class each week and will be used as springboards for the writing assignments.  

Note: 8th graders who are new to the IEW method are also welcome to register.

Homework: Students can expect to have weekly homework assignments that could include reading, writing, and vocabulary study.  

Textbooks and Materials:

Student book for IEW: Following Narnia Level I (third edition). 

The first 3 books in the Narnia series (The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy)

Student Resource Notebook (this notebook can be purchased pre-printed through the IEW website or it can be printed out by the parent from a link that will be provided on the copyright page of the student book).

A one-inch three ring binder with five tabbed dividers (Note: if you print out the Student Resource Notebook instead of purchasing the pre-printed version, please upgrade the notebook size to 1.5 inches so that it will have room to house the Resource Notebook pages as well as class papers.)

a zippered pencil pouch and one package of index cards for vocabulary cards. 

Pencils, pens, 2 fine-tip black dry erase markers, and highlighters

Starting Date: 
Tue, 2020-08-25
9:00 am - 10:00 am
Days of the Week: 
Monthly Tuition: 
Material Fee: 
Material Fee: 
Non-Refundable, One Time Fee
Other Required Books: 
1" - 1 1/2" 3-Ring Binder
Zippered pencil pouch
1 package of Index Cards
Pencil, pens
2 fine-tip black dry erase markers

Bridget Williams holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. She is certified in K-8 Education with additional endorsements in Gifted and Talented Education, Early Childhood/Exceptional Children and Special Education (K-12). Bridget has 10 plus years of classroom teaching experience in both public and private schools plus 21 years of homeschooling. During her years of schooling her own children, she also taught a variety of homeschool classes in the community. Bridget loves to read and appreciates great literary works, especially classic literature for children and young adults. She has a passion for teaching and particularly enjoys teaching classes in the Language Arts. She hopes to ignite a love for reading in her students and inspire them to read great literature and to become confident writers.