IEW Writing Foundations (Grades 5-6)

IEW Writing Foundations
Level B

Theme: Athletes & Artists

Designed for rising fifth and sixth grade students to discover the magic of IEW
Summer Session

This eight-week course meets on Mondays from 6:00-7:00 PM ET from July 10 to August 28.


This course gives students and families a taste of the IEW method in preparation for diving into a full-year course with us in September. Designed for rising fifth and sixth grade students, this weekly class will introduce students to the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s methodology, helping them develop foundational writing skills and acclimate to a structured writing routine.

“I enrolled my daughter in RWC’s Writing Foundations class last summer. She has progressed tremendously as a writer and gained new confidence in her writing skills. I love that she is starting to incorporate her learning into her regular schoolwork. The small group classes are fantastic to build friendships and help the kids learn from each other too.”
-Michelle, RWC parent in NYC

Check out the growth that our middle school students experience…
  • The sentences are matter-of-fact but lack description.
  • Most sentences begin with the subject, making the piece dull and repetitive.
  • There are several grammar and mechanics errors, particularly run-on sentences and capitalization.
  • The sentences include descriptive words and phrases that help the reader envision what happened.
  • The sentence patterns vary, allowing the piece to flow more smoothly.
  • There is more intentional word choice.
  • The piece adheres to MLA formatting rules.


Students will read and write about different artists and athletes throughout the summer.

Additional Information

Class Size

6 students maximum


Mondays 6:00-7:00 PM ET
First Class: 7/10
Last Class: 8/28

Enrollment Fees

$25 registration fee for new students
$560 for 8 classes
Early Bird Registration: 20% off for those who enroll by April 30.


Mrs. Rebekah Gilbert has spent many years mentoring and educating children of all ages across multiple subjects. Since graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in special education, she has served as a professional tutor, public and homeschool teacher, parent trainer, and private instructor. She is a Certified Instructor accredited by the Institute for Excellence in Writing.

>Required Materials
  • 1″ binder with dividers and lined paper
  • Summer Packet (provided electronically for you to print)
  • A printer for materials distributed electronically throughout the summer

Each week, students will compose rough and final drafts to complete various writing assignments. All rough drafts are submitted via Google Classroom, with instructors providing detailed feedback and corrections for students to incorporate into their final drafts. We recommend allotting 60 minutes per week to complete your child’s writing assignments.

>Technology Requirements

Google Classroom. Students must have either their own email or access to a parent’s email.

Zoom. Students can follow Zoom’s hardware and software guidelines to prepare their environment.

Printer. Students should know how to scan and submit their work, and they should have access to a printer.


There are no pre-requisites to enroll in this course.

>Continuing Education

Students can transition to either our Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales or Ancient History full-year group classes in September.

Note: The minimum enrollment required for this course is four (4) students. Rose Writing Center reserves the right to cancel this course in the event that fewer than four students enroll. Students enrolled in a canceled course will be duly notified and may choose to either receive a full refund or transfer to another course by Rose Writing Center.

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