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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
- 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.
Vendor: Institute For Excellence In Writing
Publication Date: 2011
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Heather1 Stars Out Of 5Very Frustrating to Use....IEW needs to update this one.May 29, 2017HeatherQuality: 3Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1We've used IEW products for several years, including the Student Writing Intensives, Fix-It, and some of the theme-based writing books. I was greatly disappointed with Elegant Essay. The teacher book did not go along well at all with the student book. I was constantly having to flip back and forth between the two. In addition to that problem, the teacher book is just not set up as a very user-friendly product.
Most of the writing samples that the students were supposed to rewrite were difficult to use. They just seemed outdated or old fashioned or something. I'm not sure how to explain it, but they certainly weren't very kid or teen friendly at my house! Certain parts of the program also lacked in giving examples. One of those may have been the lesson on transitions, but I can't remember for sure.
I cannot recommend this program to anyone. Hopefully IEW will read feedback like this and decide to totally revamp this program! There is some good information in Elegant Essay, but it's buried under the poor set-up of the books. It would also be nice to have it geared toward a co-op class OR just an individual homeschool student. Much of it right now seems to be geared toward using it in a co-op class type of setting.
Jenna Ettlich1 Stars Out Of 5Elegant EssayMarch 27, 2017Jenna EttlichQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0We've been using and impressed with IEW for many years. This product did not impress us at all. It has left me, the teacher, feeling disorganized, and my 8th grade daughter feeling unmotivated and overwhelmed in her writing. I would not recommend this product.
Stevie1 Stars Out Of 5NOT USER FRIENDLYSeptember 14, 2015StevieQuality: 1Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0We've had great success with other IEW programs such as SWI-A, SWI-B, SWICC-A, SWICC-B, and Ancient History Theme-Based Writing, but this product, The Elegant Essay, was just awful. I have a B.S. in Education and M.S. in Library Science, am a published freelance writer and have taught composition in public schools for 11 years and this book was laborious even for me, much less my 9th grade daughter, who absolutely hated it. She is, by the way, an A student, and does not struggle academically. Up until now, she has loved and excelled in writing, having participated and placed in two national writing competitions. Now she looks at writing time as drudgery (and I dread teaching it with this course). Trying to coordinate the teacher edition with the student edition was time consuming (they don't appear to go together at all). Explanations for students were unclear and probably over the heads of most college-age students. I had to constantly re-write so my daughter could do the assignments. I am currently looking for a replacement because I don't see that her writing is improving, and the joy is certainly missing!
Kirstin1 Stars Out Of 5EXTREMELY different from other IEW productsMarch 28, 2014KirstinQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 1We have been successfully using IEW for a few years. So when my son finished SICC-B and the little flowchart said to use The Elegant Essay next, I bought it. I am used to students working very independently with IEW. But TEE is *extremely* teacher-intensive. It is geared toward classroom/co-op use, and if the teacher is not available or not able to teach the material, the student simply can't do it. The teacher's guide is very vague, and in order to teach, the teacher must use the student book in addition to the teacher's guide - all of the information is not in the teacher's guide.
I am very unhappy with this purchase and am looking for an alternative to teach my son the same material so we can get back to IEW for SICC-C. We have managed to slog through about 3-4 chapters, and those have been an utter disaster. I simply can't do any more.
rensTroy, OHAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great method for essay writingSeptember 27, 2012rensTroy, OHAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5I am using these books (teacher and student editions) to teach a homeschool high school composition class. Myer's method of organization is logical and easily learned by the teens in my class. It is necessary to have the student edition along with the teacher's book. Some components are in one or the other, not both.
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