This wonderful product, High School Essay Intensive which is produced by the Institute for Excellence in Writing is a great tool for preparing your students for communicating in writing. I had heard of others using products by IEW (Institute for Excellence in Writing) before, but I had never used or seen their products, so I was anxious to see what this was all about!
The course is separated into different sections. Part one is "General Strategies for Essay Writing" which is basically what it sounds like :) This is filled with all kinds of information of how to communicate effectively through writing for many different applications. I think it was about 3 hours. Part two is how to write a great essay for the ACT essay section; part three is how to write a great essay for the SAT essay test. Part Four teaches strategies for the "personal essay" as necessary for some things such as college applications or scholarship applications.
My kids and I watched both discs of part one as well as disc 5, which is the personal essay. They used the included worksheets for note taking and practice. Every so often they were asked to pause the disc and write. We were all very impressed with this writing method!
|this was my son's "page 217 from my 300 page autobiography" ;)|
My 11th grade daughter wrote:
It was very useful to learn tips and tricks for my writing. It helped a lot with coming up with ideas for writing, and how to make a basic essay, it covered what is expected from various essays, it was very helpful all around. The teacher was very fun, he made it super interesting. He made it seem like something that is easy to do, which it is now! :) The teacher was very good at holding our attention. I would totally recommend this for anyone. Regardless of whether or not you like writing, he makes it fun! :)
My 9th grade son wrote:
The writing class was very helpful for me personally. He clearly explained all of his topics and ingrained it into my memory. Also, he was funny, which made the experience more enjoyable than all writing classes I have ever done.
My 7th grade daughter wrote:
I found these videos very informational, useful, and even funny!
I have actually already seen what they learned reflected in other writing they have done recently. I think the biggest take away that they have all focused on was using different sentence patterns to make their writing more interesting. I look forward to seeing how they utilize this and other methods!
We have found the High School Essay Intensive to be a very enjoyable lecture workshop which is easy to listen to and learn from. The teacher has great relatability and authority. I would definitely recommend this program!
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