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  1. Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons, Fourth Edition--Teacher/Student Combo
    Ancient History-Based Writing Lessons, Fourth Edition--Teacher/Student Combo
    Lori Verstegen
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2014 / Spiral Bound
    $49.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 08/17/15.
    CBD Stock No: WW412043
  2. History-Based Writing Lessons Volume 1: Explorers to the  Gold Rush Additional Student Book (Third Edition)
    History-Based Writing Lessons Volume 1: Explorers to the Gold Rush Additional Student Book (Third Edition)
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / Spiral Bound
    $29.00
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW411962
  3. Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book  (3rd Edition)
    Advanced U.S. History-Based Writing Lessons Student Book (3rd Edition)
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2015 / Other
    $29.00
    Availability: Expected to ship on or about 08/17/15.
    CBD Stock No: WW412326
  4. Australian History-Based Writing Lessons
    Australian History-Based Writing Lessons
    Linda Maher
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127778

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  1. Following Narnia: Writing Lessons in Structure, Style and Grammar Student Book
    Following Narnia: Writing Lessons in Structure, Style and Grammar Student Book
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127782
  2. Following Narnia: Writing Lessons in Structure and Style--Teacher/Student Combo
    Following Narnia: Writing Lessons in Structure and Style--Teacher/Student Combo
    Laura Bettis
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Other
    $49.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127781
  3. Teaching the Classics (4 DVDs & Workbook)
    Teaching the Classics (4 DVDs & Workbook)
    Adam Andrews, Missy Andrews
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / Other
    $89.00
    4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW123615
  4. Teaching the Classics Seminar Workbook
    Teaching the Classics Seminar Workbook
    Adam Andrews, Missy Andrews
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / Other
    $29.00
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    CBD Stock No: WW123616

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  1. The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing, Third Edition
    The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing, Third Edition
    Lesha Myers
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2009 / Other
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW986019

The Elegant Essay walks students through the entire essay-building process from captivating introductions to compelling descriptions; students will learn to bring their words and their arguments to life. Focusing on both the form and content of an essay, this course will help students mature their thesis sentences, organization, transitions, conclusions and other elements of successful writing. Written in a conversational style, students will delight in reading the author's writing, as she deftly weaves unique examples of good writing with the principles they're founded upon. Clearly designed exercises will have your students writing well-and enjoying it-in no time. With explanation and practice exercises, it is an excellent extension and refinement of IEW's Teaching Writing: Structure and Style's Unit VIII. Includes student material. 79 pages, softcover, spiral-bound. Teacher guide sold separately.

  1. The Elegant Essay: Building Blocks for Analytical  Writing Set Updated Edition
    The Elegant Essay: Building Blocks for Analytical Writing Set Updated Edition
    Lesha Myers
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2011 / Other
    $49.00
    3.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW686020

The Elegant Essay walks students through the entire essay-building process; from captivating introductions to compelling descriptions, students will learn to bring words and arguments to life. Focusing on both the form and content of an essay, this Institute for Excellence in Writing course will help students improve their thesis sentences, organization, transitions, conclusions and other elements of successful writing.

Written in a conversational style, students will enjoy how the author deftly weaves together unique examples of good writing with the principles upon which they're founded. Clearly designed exercises will have your students writing well--and enjoying it--in no time. With explanation and practice exercises, it is an excellent extension and refinement of IEW's Teaching Writing: Structure & Style Unit VIII.

Elegant Essay Units cover:

  • Thesis Statement
  • Essay Organization
  • Transitions
  • Introductions
  • Conclusions
  • Advanced thesis statements and planning charts
  • Descriptive Practice Essay
  • Persuasive Practice Essay

The Elegant Essay Teacher's Manual includes all the information needed to teach this course, from scheduling to structure to grading to daily lessons. Examples, teaching hints, models, and lesson-specific issues are addressed.

Each lesson begins with instruction in the students' book. After instruction, teachers model each lesson concept and lead students through assignments. Students are then allowed to practice ideas in a group or with the teacher, and finally complete a second set of "on your own" exercises independently.

This kit includes:

  • The Elegant Essay Writing Lessons Student Book, 144 pages, spiral-bound, softcover. Reproducible for in-family use only.
  • The Elegant Essay Teacher's Manual, 100 pages, spiral-bound softcover.
  • Access to "The Elegant Essay" e-resource download

    Course may be adapted to cover 3-4 weeks or 13-16 weeks. Two sample schedules are included.

  1. Writing Research Papers: The Essential Tools (Teacher/ Student Combo Package)
    Writing Research Papers: The Essential Tools (Teacher/ Student Combo Package)
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Other
    $49.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127763

Designed for high school students who already have an understanding of how to write a general or persuasive essay, this course will instruct students in conducting research, citing research, evaluating sources, outlining, drafting, arrangement, writing with an objective style, addressing counterarguments, and more. Student Book lessons are primarily divided between beginning research papers and intermediate research papers, with one major paper prompt assigned for each. The chapter-based exercises include rubrics, checklists, fill-in-the-blank note outlines, and short writing exercises which are designed to teach skills students will need to apply in their papers. A final advanced essay allows students to tie together their newly learned skills, which completes the course.

The teacher's manual includes teaching strategy tips, scheduling advice, weekly schedules, and detailed instructions on how to teach each lesson. Answers for the student book are also included.

This kit contains:

  • Writing Research Papers Student Book, 268 pages, spiralbound softcover
  • Writing Research Papers Teacher's Manual, 188 pages, spiralbound softcover.

  1. Writing Research Papers: The Essential Tools Student Book
    Writing Research Papers: The Essential Tools Student Book
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127764

Structured to build student skills by progressively introducing more detail and more difficult concepts, this workbook provides a detailed introduction to the basics of how to write a research paper. Divided into Beginning, Intermediate, and Advanced sections, individual chapters focus on the prompt, note-taking/research, sources, construction, drafting, and style. This guided approach helps to break down the many steps involved in writing research papers into a manageable, understandable progression of steps to take. Detailed lessons integrate multiple examples and writing samples, which are followed by workbook exercises that help students to apply newly-learned skills. At the end of the three levels, students write a paper, eventually integrating all concepts.

Designed for students who are already familiar with how to write essays (and thus already understand thesis sentences, paragraph structure, etc.), this guide will help students to take the next step in their writing abilities. 268 pages, softcover, spiralbound.

Middle school & high school grade level. This is a stand-alone resource, and can be used with or apart from IEW's Structure and Style curriculum.

Instructions on how to access downloadable Graphic Organizers and Grading Sheets & Checklists resources are provided.

  1. A Word Write Now (3rd Edition)
    A Word Write Now (3rd Edition)
    Loranna Schwacofer
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2015 / Other
    $35.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW412198

A Word Write Now is a thematic thesaurus filled with words to boost your student's writing! Section A covers character traits, Section B is "words to describe," Section C is "Words for Movement and the Senses," and Section D is "Specialized Tools for Writing Well." Word lists are organized by part of speech (adjectives, adverbs, verbs) - - plus, most pages have related quotations and quotes from classical literature to help students make connections between individual words and how they're used. A great writing resource! 107 pages, spiralbound softcover. 3rd Edition.

  1. Dress-Ups, Decorations and Delightful Diversions
    Dress-Ups, Decorations and Delightful Diversions
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127994

The Institute for Excellence in Writing's Dress-Up, Decorations, and Delightful Diversions with Simile Shenanigans will inspire students to master advanced dress-ups and decorations through delightful games and fun activities.

Games and exercises are designed for IEW Level B-C students (grades 6+) or sharp Level A students (grades 3-5) who are already successfully adding IEW's basic stylistic techniques into their writing.

The games section includes Simile Shenanigans, a game of completing and sharing similes from classic children's literature.

Spiral-bound, softcover. Reproducible for fam ily/classroom use. Cardstock pages to be cut out for games are also included.

  1. Journalism Basics
    Journalism Basics
    Megan House, Karin Viet
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / Trade Paperback
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127758

Want to break into journalism?

Get a head start with Institute for Excellence in Writing's Journalism Basics: Reporting Current Events through a Timeless Worldview. Covering the foundational skills every journalist needs, including how to investigate your story, Associated Press style, editing, and writing news, feature, and opinion pieces, you'll be prepared to consider journalism as a career, or even begin in high school! Written from a Christian perspective, a chapter on worldview covers foundational perspectives of theism and relativism, and how to apply your worldview in your writing. Each chapter provides instruction, as well as review questions, multiple models, and writing assignments. 147 pages, spiralbound softcover. Answer key included. Junior High & High School Grades.

  1. How to Write a Story
    How to Write a Story
    Lee Roddy
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / Other
    $29.00
    3.5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW986030

Based upon the author's successful seminars, How to Write A Story is geared towards younger writers, but may be successfully adapted for older writers. Eight lessons will explain the fundamentals of writing fiction (enjoyably!) while exercises reinforce what has been taught and worksheets help with assess progress. Students are taught a 3-step story model, where there is a situation involving a character with a problem, an objective, and obstacles over which this character seeks to triumph. Exercises help strengthen the imagination, encourage revisions, reinforce elements of writing, and require original writing. 80 pages, softcover and spiral-bound. Answers included.

  1. A Guide to Writing Your Novel
    A Guide to Writing Your Novel
    Lee Roddy
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / Trade Paperback
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127757

Becoming a writer, with a finished book to call your own, is a common dream. Make yours come true with A Guide to Writing Your Novel!

An overview of the "business," what you need to know when you sit down to type, and practical methods of developing ideas into stories are provided alongside general writing guidance. Chapters will help you plot your novel; learn about specifically writing romances, mysteries, and YA fiction; conduct research & marketing, and more. Conversational chapters explain important information and tips in easy-to-understand sentences with bullet-pointed concepts, as well as through personal examples from the author's life. Checklist questions will help students think about their own novel they're writing, while workshop questions provide additional self-reflective or concept-based questions. 141 reproducible for family use pages, softcover, spiralbound.

  1. Story Quest
    Story Quest
    Linda Burklin
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Trade Paperback
    $19.00
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW127762

Being able to write creatively is a helpful and fun writing skill, but creative writing is often left aside in favor of grammar during the school year. Through lessons focusing on vocabulary words, describing things, using pictures to tell a story, plot, grammar relating to dialogue, character development, tenses, and other stylistic writing advice, students will understand the basic structure of a narrative, how to construct a story, and use good writing skills to make their writing vivid. Example sentences and stories are included, along with plenty of chart examples and paragraphs explaining the concepts. Worksheets, writing prompts, in-class assignments, and homework assignments are included throughout; this course requires full teacher-participation and involvement.

Designed to be a creative writing unit during the school year or as a summer course (1-2 weeks per lesson), it may also be spread out over a year by alternating lessons with your primarily language arts curriculum (3-4 weeks per lesson). Originally created as a homeschool group course, it may be used with ideally 4-6 students, though it can also work for single students up to groups of 12. Ages 10-14. 10 lessons, 96 pages, softcover, spiralbound.

In order to use this book, you will need to print out a free copy of the "Pictures for Unit 5" e-book (access code and link included), and make photocopies of the student handout pages provided in the back of the book. This course also recommends that students have a binder with paper and dividers in which to store their work.

  1. Bible-Based Writing Lessons
    Bible-Based Writing Lessons
    Andrew Pudewa, J.B. Webster
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / Other
    $29.00
    5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW123606

Help strengthen your students' composition skills using interesting and important Bible stories. Based on the principles elaborated upon in Teaching Writing: Structure & Style, it is recommended that the teacher be at least familiar with Teaching Writing before using Bible Based Writing Lessons. Lessons begin with a source text, followed by a variety of assignments on grammar, outlines, punctuation, style, "dress-up words" and other writing skills. Checklists are included for three age levels; the first ten lessons are appropriate for grades 3 & up, while the last eight would be challenging for any student high school & up. 131 pages, softcover, spiralbound.

  1. Economics-Based Writing Lessons
    Economics-Based Writing Lessons
    Daniel K. Weber
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2010 / Trade Paperback
    $29.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW539529

Dress up your writing skills and your business knowledge; source texts highlight different economic and business-related topics, while questions engage students to think critically about economics. Based on Institute for Excellence in Writing's Teaching Writing: Structure & Style curriculum, parents should be familiar with the program before using this book with their students. Dress up tools and checklists are included. 128 pages, softcover, spiral-bound.

  1. Lemonade to Leadership--Teacher/Student Combo
    Lemonade to Leadership--Teacher/Student Combo
    Bonnie Drew
    Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2010 / Other
    $35.00
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW539585

Starting a business takes a lot of work, but brings rewards for those who are successful! Start students off on the right path with Lemonade to Leadership, a series that prepares students for the effort that new businesses require. A 12-25 hour curriculum, students will be inspired to become involved in the real world of business for the natural reward and incentive of earning money. Lessons help students recognize opportunities; estimate start-up and operating costs; write a business plan; set up record-keeping systems; learn marketing skills; deliver a sales presentation; become a job-maker instead of a job-taker; start and operate a youth-owned business; and take charge of their future!

The student book features plenty of hands-on worksheets and assignments; the teacher's guide includes clear objectives, lesson directions, optional activities and supplemental discussion activities.

This kit includes:

  • 1 Student Book, 83 pages, spiral bound
  • 1 Teacher's Book, 93 pages, spiral bound.

    1. Lemonade to Leadership Extra Student Book
      Lemonade to Leadership Extra Student Book
      Bonnie Drew
      Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2010 / Trade Paperback
      $19.00
      Availability: In Stock
      CBD Stock No: WW539586

    Perfect for students taking a class together, or for siblings who are using the same course after their older students, this extra student workbook is designed to be used with the teacher's guide sold in the Lemonade to Leadership Teacher/Student Combo Kit.

    Lessons help students recognize opportunities; estimate start-up and operating costs; write a business plan; set up record-keeping systems; learn marketing skills; deliver a sales presentation; become a job-maker instead of a job-taker; start and operate a youth-owned business; and take charge of their future! The student book features plenty of hands-on worksheets and assignments; 83 pages, spiral bound.

    1. Rockets, Radar, & Robotics (2nd Edition)
      Rockets, Radar, & Robotics (2nd Edition)
      Danielle Olander, Nathanial Olander
      Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2014 / Spiral Bound
      $29.00
      Availability: Expected to ship on or about 08/17/15.
      CBD Stock No: WW412051

    Designed to teach structure and style in writing as based on Institute for Excellence in Writing's Structure and Style course, these Tecnology based-lessons will encourage plenty of quality adjectives and verb usage. Examples cover a broad range of technological topics, from robots to fuel rockets to lasers. However, this book is not intended for use as a curriculum replacement, but rather as a tool for broadening subject knowledge while teaching writing skills.

    Each unit follows the IEW S&S unit outline structure of key word outlines, narrative stories, summarizing, etc. Thirty-one lessons teach students about "Keyword Outlines", summarizing multiple references, transitional sentence openers, and other strengthening exercises for "polished" writing. The appendix includes a variety of student samples along with additional practice.

    This course assumes the teacher is familiar with "Teaching Writing: Structure and Style," which is necessary to teach this program well.

    190 pages, spiralbound softcover. This book may be photocopied for children within the same family. 31 lessons plus appendix. Purchase of this book entitles owners to a free download of the Rockets, Radar, & Robotics Teacher's Notes e-Book (194 pages), Rockets, Radar, & Robotics Reproducible Checklists (31 pages), and the Student Resource Notebook (110 pages). 2nd Edition.

    1. Rocket, Radar, & Robotics Teacher's Manual
      Rocket, Radar, & Robotics Teacher's Manual
      Danielle Olander, Nathanial Olander
      Institute For Excellence In Writing / Trade Paperback
      $20.00
      Availability: Expected to ship on or about 08/17/15.
      CBD Stock No: WW411824

    This teacher's manual accompanies IEW's Rockets, Radar, & Robotics course. An optional grading checklist is provided as well as a weekly scope and sequence. Lessons include teaching notes and references to any student handouts necessary along with answers and directions on how to implement lessons. These notes surround reduced-size reproductions of the student book pages; answers are overlaid on the pages. Sample outlines, works, and checklists are also included. 190 pages, spiralbound, softcover. Grades 6-8.

    1. All Things Fun & Fascinating: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style, Revised Edition
      All Things Fun & Fascinating: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style, Revised Edition
      Lori Verstegen
      Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Other
      $29.00
      4.5 Stars Out Of 5 2 Reviews
      Availability: In Stock
      CBD Stock No: WW901005

    Designed to supplement and complement "Institute for Excellence in Writing's" Structure and Style course, this workbook provides chapters that correspond with the units in the curriculum. Students will learn to write from outlines using Aesop's Fables, write narrative stories based on the world's folklore, summarize references about animals, write a research report on biographies of male inventors, and write creatively on other "Fun and Fascinating" things.

    Lessons are designed to be taught weekly. Each features a clear goal and introduction, step-by-step assignment instruction, and teacher notes. There is room to write in the workbook for outlines, checklists, exercises, and brainstorming, though longer pieces should be written on a separate piece of paper. A "Style Help" appendix with banned words, common repositions, great adjectives, verbs, and -ly words is included.

    161 pages, reproducible for in-family use. Softcover, spiralbound. Instructions for downloading a teacher's ebook and student resource notebook are included.

    1. Succeeding on the AP English Language Exam with  College-Level Analysis
      Succeeding on the AP English Language Exam with College-Level Analysis
      Mary Margaret Pryor
      Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2012 / Trade Paperback
      $29.00
      Availability: In Stock
      CBD Stock No: WW127756

    Students will improve their writing and analysis skills while learning about the specifics of AP testing with Succeeding on the AP English Language Exam. Study segments will help strengthen students' understanding of rhetoric in the context of answering exam essay questions, as well as within the realm of general study. The basics of the AP exam and general writing tips are covered before moving on to writing about specific works and topics. Step-by-step strategies are provided for The Iliad, Macbeth, and the topic of Civil Rights, while guidance on evaluating and editing their own written responses prepares students for a range of situations and topics. Lessons provide a list of handouts needed (included in the appendix), background information on the form of writing or literature, a variety of detailed assignments, references or samples to look up, reading assignments, a timed essay prompt, and an editing checklist.

    A suggested lesson schedule, scoring rubric, reference pages, sample essays, and an answer key are included. This book may be completed independently or as a teacher-led course. 131 pages, softcover, comb-binding, with 57-page appendix. Pages reproducible for family use. This course is recommended by the author to be completed in one-year, though a one-semester schedule is included for those students who want to attempt to finish in one semester. Will also help prepare students for the CLEP College Composition (Modular) exam.

    1. Classical Rhetoric Through Structure and Style: Writing Lessons Based on the Progymnasmata
      Classical Rhetoric Through Structure and Style: Writing Lessons Based on the Progymnasmata
      Adam Muller
      Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2008 / Other
      $29.00
      5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
      Availability: Expected to ship on or about 09/02/15.
      CBD Stock No: WW986088

    Built upon the Progymnasmata, the most successful and enduring collection of rhetorical exercises in the Western tradition, each lesson features an excerpt from a classical source, including Greek myths, the Canterbury Tales, and the Bible. sources. Based upon the course "Teaching Writing: Structure & Style", students will learn focus on note-taking; writing proverbs and fables from notes; narratio; encomium and viuperation; description; comparison; impersonation; thesis/confirmation/refutation; and formal critique. Building up reasoning and articulation skills, as well as the ability to complete a rhetorical analysis of a work, students will compose essays and arguments based on the exercises for a well-rounded classical course. 121 reproducible pages, softcover, spiralbound.

    1. Bible Heroes: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style
      Bible Heroes: Writing Lessons in Structure & Style
      Lori Verstegen
      Institute For Excellence In Writing / 2013 / Other
      $29.00
      4 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
      Availability: In Stock
      CBD Stock No: WW549010

    Bible Heroes: Writing Lessons in Structure and Style provides children with Bible-based writing lessons that follow the methods of the Institute for Excellence in Writing's Teaching Writing: Structure and Style course.

    Designed for students in grades 1-2, but adaptable through 5th grade (IEW Level A), this book contains 27 lessons that introduce the TWSS models of structure (TWSS Units 1-7) and elements of style such as "dress-ups." Units cover: key word outlining; writing from key word outlines; summarizing narrative stories; summarizing references (reports); writing from pictures; and creative writing. Lessons focus on godly men and women of the Bible, and show students how they can apply godly virtues to their lives. Each lesson includes a Bible verse, while games and activities provide a way to engage students.

    This book also comes with access to a free download of the accompanying Bible Heroes Writing Lessons Teacher's e-Book and the Student Resource Notebook. The Teacher's e-book is a vital component of this course, and includes detailed lesson instructions, a scope and sequence, ideas for discussing heroes and virtues, answers to review questions, samples, instructions for games, copies of checklists, and more.

    Reproducible for in-family use. 221 pages, spiral-bound softcover including cut-apart cardstock items for style helps, games, and vocabulary cards. Designed for grades 1-2; can be used up to grade 5.