Writing Foundations

Discover the magic of IEW!

Our Writing Foundations series gives students (and families!) a taste of the IEW method. If you have been considering IEW or one of our group classes, this course was designed for you! It will help you determine if IEW is the right fit for your child while helping your child acclimate to a more structured writing routine so he or she can hit the ground running in September.

For homework, students will compose one writing assignment per week. After submitting each rough draft, students will receive detailed feedback and corrections to incorporate into their final drafts. We recommend allotting one hour per week for your child to complete assignments.

Class Size: 6
Instructor: Mrs. Rebekah Gilbert

LEVEL A – Rising Grades 3-4
Theme: Music
Class Day: Mondays 4:45-5:45p ET
Dates: July 10 – August 31 (8 weeks)

LEVEL B – Rising Grades 5-6
Theme: Artists & Athletes
Class Day: Mondays 6:00-7:00p ET
Dates: July 10 – August 31 (8 weeks)

Tuition: $25 registration fee, $560 for 8 classes

Early Bird Registration
20% discount if you enroll by April 30!


Our unique Writing Foundations programming gently eases children in to a new writing routine while teaching them important foundational skills.

Poetry Memorization. Study high-quality language patterns in age-appropriate poetry.

Text Reconstruction. Create and write from outlines about themed passages.

Stylistic Techniques. Elevate writing through specific techniques, such as dress-ups and banned words.

Proofreading. Learn standard editing marks and how to work with an editor.

Mechanics and Vocabulary. Study foundational grammar concepts and punctuation rules while learning strategies to elevate word choice.

Check out the growth that students in our Writing Foundations course experience…

Level A
Sentences are clear and complete but simple and choppy. Most begin with “they,” which makes the piece repetitive. Composition is incorrectly formatted as individual sentences rather than a paragraph.
The sentences flow more smoothly, as many begin with transition words/phrases. There is more intentional word choice. The piece is properly formatted with a heading and title, and the paragraph is indented.

Level B
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.

“I enrolled my daughter in RWC’s Writing Foundations class last summer and she continued with the full-year course. 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

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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