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Structure and Styleby Andrew Pudewa. The VHS version of this program was reviewed. See the additional recommendation below! Structure and Style, consisting of seven videotapes and a notebook, is a "how to teach composition" program for parents of children in grades two to eleven.
Andrew Pudewa of The Institute for Excellence in Writing teaches writing workshops throughout the country, and this program is a videotape of his two day seminar for parents and teachers.
Pudewas programs, popularly referred to as simply "IEW," are based on Mrs. Webster's book, Blended Structure and Style in Composition. Structure and Style has the goal of making all children into effective writers by helping the parent to stretch out the writing of the reluctant child, while paring down and focusing the writing of the verbose child.
The heart of Teaching Writing: Structure and Style is the modeling technique. Students begin by learning to take notes and to make a key word outline from a short selection.
They then narrate and write the story from their notes to create a composition in their own words. Suggested adjustments to tailor the class to younger or older students are included in the notebook.
After mastering the first step, Mr. Pudewa recommends working on style with the addition of what he calls "dress-ups," adjectives, adverbs, dependent clauses, and so forth. He does not feel that it is important for the student to know the technical term such as adverbial clause in order to use it.
Rules of grammar may be introduced as they come up. Pudewa recommends a variety of wall charts to help the student think of more creative words to use while writing, and checklists to give the student a great feeling when he or she adds an element.
Structure and Style introduces complex techniques in subsequent lessons.
After teaching a method for summarizing stories, Mr. Pudewa covers the more advanced topic of summarizing references to build a research report.
During this section, he explains how to begin paragraphs with a topic sentence and end with a clincher. In the following unit, Mr. Pudewa switches gears to more creative writing with making a story from a three-frame comic strip. In the later units, recommended for grades 4 and up, creative writing and essays are used to teach the concepts of an introduction and conclusion in longer compositions.
The final lesson covers writing a "critique," something that resembles the high school level book report or short story report.
Andrew Pudewa | Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW) Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a father of seven. Traveling and speaking around the world, he addresses issues related to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and . Andrew Pudewa Andrew Pudewa is the director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing and a homeschooling father of seven. Presenting throughout North America, he addresses issues relating to teaching, writing, thinking, spelling, and music with clarity and insight, practical experience and humor. Institute for Excellence in Writing is DVD based instruction that provides videos of actual writing instruction. The course includes workbooks. Each level is good for one to two years of instruction. Courses are offered to train instructors to teach students, actual writing instruction for students or combination packs.
The materials included in the Teaching Writing: Structure and Style package are videotapes and a notebook. Six of the professionally filmed videotapes show Mr.
Pudewa conducting the seminar in front of a group of parents. His bouncy and charismatic style is easy to watch and holds one's attention. The notebook, also called the syllabus, offers notes for each of the units along with an appendix full of samples, ideas, on-line resources, and teaching suggestions.
The seventh videotape shows Mr. Pudewa conducting an approximately two-hour seminar of the first two units of the program with children. While this tape is not of the same professional sound and video quality as the parent seminar tapes, it has great value in showing the technique used in a live situation with children.
If you never excelled in writing and you are fearful of teaching your children how to write, you cannot miss with this program. Pudewa offers a simple, step-by-step approach in layman's terms that will let those who are behind in writing skills rapidly catch up and will give effective formulas to new writers.
Structure and Style will NOT take the place of a good grammar program. While effective use of grammar is not its goal, it will enhance the composition portions of any grammar program that the family wants to use.
This program may not be needed if you are using a grammar program, such as Rod and Staff English, that teaches composition gradually. If you are a natural writer and feel very comfortable in teaching your children the skill, you might find this program to be a bit too structured.
Many people are confused over what to order from the many programs offered by The Institute for Excellence in Writing.A lover of literature since birth, Taylor found her love of writing fueled under the instruction of Andrew Pudewa and the other teachers at the Institute for Excellence in Writing, where she now works as an editor for their magazine.
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It is my opinion, as a professional writer and a writing tutor, that IEW is a program that can be applied to writing in all the disciplines, and this is what Pudewa explained in his first lecture.
Pudewa describes IEW as a writing process, not a writing program. 2-Hour Student Writing Clinic, taught LIVE by Andrew Pudewa Advanced Student Workshop Unit 7: Inventive Writing Students will learn to tackle the “blank page” by retrieving information from their brains, creating a key word outline, writing a multiple paragraph essay, and applying selected stylistic techniques.