Support for a Memorable Year Ahead

Aug 27, 2020 | Posted by Jennifer


The year 2020 has certainly been extraordinary. In early spring we were plunged into a worldwide pandemic that we are still trying to navigate. In response to the interruption of schools and the uncertainty of instruction, IEW offered free lessons to help families who were suddenly tasked with teaching their children. It was our way to contribute and hopefully lighten the load for parents and teachers maneuvering in uncharted waters.

As you begin a fresh school year, we recognize that for many, there are still unusual circumstances, and we want to continue to support your efforts. Whether you have been teaching Structure and Style to your students for years or are just getting started, these resources can assist your efforts and provide encouragement and inspiration.


Student Resources

These lessons are perfect to give your students a strong start while enjoying Andrew Pudewa’s teaching. Whether you follow up with a theme-based option, your own lessons, or continue to use Structure and Style for Students, these three weeks will help “light a fire for writing” in your students.

This program is a fun way to build vocabulary and syntax in your students, and this free download includes the entire first level. Your students will enjoy memorizing and reciting a number of great poems, including classics such as “The Eagle” by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and “The Yak” by Hilaire Belloc.


Parent/Teacher Helps

Do you need some encouragement as you plunge into another year of teaching? Are you looking for some inspiration that transcends the current chaos? Then take a look and listen to the many helpful presentations by Andrew Pudewa that are included in the following offerings.

This membership features a wealth of useful resources, including but not limited to the following:

  • Streaming video of our teacher course, Teaching Writing: Structure and Style

  • Checklist Generator

  • Master Classes: We have two upcoming master classes. On October 10 there will be a master class entitled “Classical Arrangement for the Argumentative Essays,” and on November 14 there will be a special gathering just for Premium Members. In addition to the live events, you will also have full access to the Master Classes recordings of prior events.

  • Audio library of Andrew Pudewa’s workshops that will inspire and encourage you


On June 29, IEW held its first-ever online writing conference that was both live and virtual, and was attended by thousands of teachers, parents, and students from all over the world.

  1. Session 1: From Copywork to Composition
    Slides for the session can be found here.

  2. Session 2: IEW’s Structure and Style: What is it all about?
    Links and resources from the session can be found here.

  3. Session 3: Level A Student Workshop
    Download the student handout for this workshop here.

  4. Session 4: Level B Grammar Lesson
    Download the student handout for this workshop here. Note: You will only need pages 4‒5 from the Student Book for this session.

  5. Session 5: Putting It All Together: Questions and Answers with Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker
    Download the slides for this session here.

The five sessions will help you prepare for a new year of teaching! Andrew Pudewa also presented two classes to students that your own students would enjoy. Check out the conference recordings here:

And while we’re doling out opportunities to glean insights, find inspiration, and hone teaching skills, here are a few other useful links to explore.

  • Magnum Opus Magazine: This magazine, published in print once a year and monthly as an e-newsletter, provides a bevy of helpful examples of students’ writings.

  • The Arts of Language Podcast: Produced weekly, this podcast features Andrew Pudewa and Julie Walker along with the occasional guest. It’s a great way to learn about Structure and Style as well as literature, grammar, and learning in general.

  • IEW’s Blog: Learn about teaching students to listen, read, write, speak, and think in this blog. Posts are published multiple times throughout the week.

  • IEW’s Facebook Page: Learn about upcoming events, download vocabulary posters, giggle at misplaced modifier cartoons, and catch up with the latest IEW news.

  • Homeschool Help Facebook Group: This group provides a great way for families new to homeschooling to learn from those who have traveled a bit further down the homeschooling path.

None of us can foretell the future, but we can feel prepared. School may begin online, as a hybrid, or in a school building. Regardless of the structure, we want you to know that we are here to assist in any way we can. Thank you for allowing IEW to partner with you in the important work of teaching your students to become confident, competent communicators and thinkers. All of us at IEW wish you a delightful, productive, and memorable year.


Jennifer Mauser has always loved reading and writing and received a B.A. in English from the University of Kansas in 1991. Once she and her husband had children, they decided to homeschool, and she put all her training to use in the home. In addition to homeschooling her children, Jennifer teaches IEW classes out of her home, coaches budding writers via email, and tutors students who struggle with dyslexia.

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