There are nine units in the IEW program. Each unit represents a structural model, or type of writing assignment.
|Unit 1: Note Making and Outlines|
This is the only non-writing unit, in which students study and practice note taking practices to create an outline of a single paragraph. Students use this method of outlining to plan their pieces throughout the rest of the program.
|Unit 2: Writing from Notes|
Students use their outlines to re-create a paragraph in their own words.
|Unit 3: Retelling Narrative Stories|
In this early creative writing unit, students craft 3-paragraph stories that contain the key story elements (characters, setting, conflict, climax, resolution).
|Unit 4: Summarizing a Reference|
Here, students work from one provided source text to craft their own paragraph about a given topic.
|Unit 5: Writing from Pictures|
We return to creative writing as students study given images and practice asking questions to generate ideas for an engaging event description.
|Unit 6: Summarizing Multiple References|
In this unit, students draw on what they learned in Unit 4, but now they pull facts from multiple sources to compile their first research report.
|Unit 7: Inventive Writing|
Students complete fiction and non-fiction pieces by drawing on information from the brain and organizing it on paper.
|Unit 8: Formal Essay Models|
Unit 8 requires students to take what they have learned and then add their own opinion to it.
|Unit 9: Formal Critique|
Unit 9 tasks students with summarizing a novel, movie, poem, or play, arguing whether it is good or not, and providing a compelling explanation of why.
Students are taught stylistic techniques to employ in their own writing. Once they are introduced to a technique, they practice it in every assignment they write. The goal is to achieve mastery.
- -ly Adverb
- Who-Which Clause
- Strong Verb
- Quality Adjective
- Because Clause
- www. asia clause (when, where, while, as, since, if, although, because)
- #1 Subject-Verb
- #2 Prepositional
- #3 -ly Adverb
- #4 -ing
- #5 Clausal
- #6 Very Short Sentence
- Dramatic Opener & Closer
- 3 Short Staccato Sentences
- Conversation & Quotation