Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

Jul. 28, 2014 –
Jul. 29, 2014
9:15am –
5:30pm EDT

A Two-Day Seminar for Teachers, Parents, Tutors, College Students
Monday & Tuesday, July 28-29, 2014 8:30 AM– 4:30 PM with breaks for lunch (lunch not provided)

Highlands Latin School - Spring Meadows Campus
10901 Shelbyville Rd.,
Louisville, KY 40243
Phone: 800.856.5815
Email: info@IEW.com
Contact Info

Cost: $89.00/participant (2nd family member ½ price)
Teacher materials included: Seminar Workbook

The structure and style syllabus teaches models and techniques for English composition which logically build upon each other, allowing students to become familiar and competent with a variety of writing formats and styles. As opposed to many "creative" writing approaches, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills.
Students first make a "key word outline" and then rewrite from their notes, thus being freed from the problem of what to write about, so they are able to clearly focus on how to write well. As they master each structural model and stylistic technique, they develop great confidence, and consequently great creativity. The syllabus then gradually moves the student from dictated content toward "the blank page" using:

TWSS Seminar Schedule:

  • Day 1 8:15 AM–4:30 PM Basics of Structure and Style (Units 1–4)
    Prerequisite: none
  • Day 2 8:30 AM–4:15 PM Extended Models and Advanced Techniques (Units 5–9)
    Prerequisite: Day 1 or a previous live/video seminar

Eight different structural models, including:

  • Note making and summarizing from notes; limiting skills.
  • Summarizing narrative stories with the story sequence chart.
  • Summarizing references (without copying the encyclopedia).
  • Library research reports using multiple references and fused outlines.
  • Topic - clincher paragraph format, techniques for titling.
  • Creative writing, letters and writing from pictures.
  • Formal essays and critique formats.

The Syllabus in Style introduces specific techniques to help students:

  • "Dress-up" each paragraph with six different tools.
  • Use a variety of sentence "openers."
  • Judiciously choose literary "decorations."
  • Learn English grammar in the context of USING it, rather than just memorizing terms and identifying parts of speech.
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