The RWC program includes writing exercises, grammar lessons, and poetry memorization.
Writing lessons draw on the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure and Style methodology. “Structure” focuses on the arrangement of ideas to create logical, cohesive stories and essays, while “Style” teaches a myriad of techniques to elevate language and engage readers.
There are nine units in the IEW program. Each unit represents a structural model, or type of writing assignment. These units cover both fiction and non-fiction writing, with assignments ranging in length from 1-7 paragraphs.
Students are taught specific stylistic techniques that they can employ in their own writing. Once they are introduced to a technique, they practice it consistently in every assignment that they write. The goal is to achieve mastery.
- Understand the framework of different writing assignments (i.e., what structurally makes a story different from a literary analysis)
- Know how to outline different types of assignments (stories, letters, event descriptions, formal essays, critiques)
- Grasp the purpose of a paragraph and learn how to organize ideas
- Master techniques to make writing descriptive
- Learn how to grab and maintain your audience’s attention
Grammar is the system of language, the study of how sentences are constructed, and ultimately, the science which studies a thought process. Our student learn grammar using materials from the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Fix It! Grammar series.
Why learn grammar?
- Understanding grammar affords students precision of thought, a lifelong gift
- Students who know grammar terms are better able discuss their writing with their instructor
Students memorize child-friendly poetry each week.
- Build vocabulary database through memorization
- Impart grammar knowledge by memorizing complex sentence patterns
- Bolster essential reading comprehension skills through deciphering complex thoughts
- Develop foundational public speaking skills by reciting to peers
- Build academic confidence by discovering what consistent effort can yield.
Parents are our greatest ally in ensuring the success of the RWC program.
Parents can expect:
- Monthly reports of material covered
- Parent-teacher conferences each semester
- Access to their child’s instructor in between classes