IEW® Fables, Myths, & Fairy Tales Part I of II

IEW® Theme-Based Writing
for Upper Elementary Students
Course Overview

This is a small writing class designed for upper elementary students to learn to write according to the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s unique methodology, called Structure and Style. The class is taught by Ms. Sydney Hoff, a Registered IEW Instructor.

In this class, students will learn to take notes, retell narrative stories, and summarize references. This class will cover Units 1-4 of the nine units in the IEW program. Students will also practice five of the six dress ups in the IEW program. There is an optional grammar component as well.

This class’s theme is: Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales. Students will explore classic children’s tales and Aesop’s fables, exposing them to classic literature while they practice and master fundamental writing skills. While the primary purpose of these lessons is for the children to learn to write, the themed lessons serve to broaden students’ subject knowledge and capture their interest.

Course Dates

This is a 15-week course that meets weekly on Mondays from 3:30 to 4:30 PM EST. The course runs from September 7, 2020 to December 14, 2020.

Additional sessions may be opened in response to demand.

*No class will be held the week of November 23.

Course Frequency

There will be one 60-minute classes per week.

Technology Requirements

Online Class Platform: Zoom

Learning Management System: Google Classroom

Students can follow Zoom’s hardware and software guidelines to prepare their environment. All students must have either their own email address or access to a parent’s email address in order to join Google Classroom. In addition, students should be familiar with how to scan, save, and submit their work. Although most assignments will be handwritten, students should also have access to Microsoft Word (or an equivalent program).

Class Size

Maximum capacity per session is five students.

Course Curriculum
Writing & Poetry Memorization

IEW Writing
Each academic year, students progress through all nine of the IEW units and stylistic techniques, but they write progressively longer assignments using more complex source texts and are held to higher writing standards. This class will cover Units 1-4 of the IEW program.

Linguistic Development through Poetry Practice
Students will memorize and recite poems in the IEW Level I Poetry Book. They can expect to memorize one poem per week. There will be an optional end-of-semester poetry recital.

Course Materials
  • Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales Writing Lessons Student Book, sold here ($29)
  • Binder with dividers and lined paper
  • Small pouch for storing notecards

Writing assignments take approximately 60 minutes per week

Parent Communication

Parents can expect a monthly summary of the class material covered. Ms. Sydney provides brief feedback to parents throughout the semester and parents can contact Ms. Sydney, to arrange periodic teleconferences to discuss their child’s learning.

Enrollment Fee

$700 ($50/class)

Continuing Education

This fall course covers approximately half of the lessons in the workbooks. Part II of II will be offered in the spring semester with the same workbooks. In Part II of this course, continuing students will learn Units 4-7 and Sentence Openers.


You may contact with any questions.

Register today to begin your child’s writing education this fall.

Note: The minimum enrollment required for this course is five students. Sydney Hoff reserves the right to cancel this course in the event that fewer than five 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 Sydney.

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