Unboxing Your Teaching Writing/Student Writing Value Package: A Chart for Your Course

Apr 08, 2019 | Posted by Jessica Walker


Our customer service team talks to parents and instructors every day who receive their long-awaited IEW materials, open their bright and shiny package, and are instantly struck with a challenging conundrum of “Where do I even begin?”

In this blog post, our goal is to break down the Teaching Writing/Student Writing Value Package and help you start your course with confidence.

Inside of your package you should see the following items:

  1. A blue and yellow box containing your Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (TWSS). Go ahead and set this unopened box aside for now.

  2. A binder, set of dividers, plastic DVD case, and a printed packet. These pieces are part of the Student Writing Intensive (SWI) materials.

Step 1: Assemble your Student Writing Intensive binder, using the handy “Student Notebook Set-Up” sheet located behind the title page.

Step 2: Once you assemble this notebook, turn to page 7. You should see “Teacher’s Notes, Lesson 1” at the top. On this page there is a large box. This box will instruct your student on which section to watch on the Student Writing Intensive (SWI) DVDs (the plastic case), along with which handouts will be needed for that particular lesson. Don’t have him watch these DVDs just yet.

Step 3: Underneath this box on page 7 are the instructions: “If you have our teacher’s course, review Unit 1 (Note Making and Outlines) and Unit 2 (Writing from Notes).” Go ahead and pull out the blue and yellow Teaching Writing: Structure and Style (TWSS) box that you had put to the side earlier and open it up.

Step 4: Inside of this TWSS box, you will see three items: a binder with packet, a black leatherette DVD wallet, and a Premium Membership activation card. Begin by activating your Premium Membership, using the code provided on the card. This membership will give you access to a bevy of wonderful tools, including our latest offering—master classes. Go ahead and quickly assemble this binder. Then grab the first disc to get started! You will not need to watch the next one for another few weeks.

Step 5: Once you have watched the first TWSS DVD, your students can begin their lessons, using the DVDs within the small plastic case of the Student Writing Intensive. Turn to page 7 in the Student Writing Intensive packet for directions on how to begin. The pacing guide for the course is found on page 3. The guide breaks down the DVDs and assignments for each day, scheduling the course into thirty weeks for your student, making the course easy and enjoyable for students and teachers alike.

Congratulations! You are now ready to embark on this next stage of your journey with IEW! If you need any further guidance or tips along the way, we have wonderful customer service team members who are always happy to help! We also have an IEW forum, blog, and podcast for encouragement during the journey!


Jessica Walker was homeschooled in Southern California and graduated from CSULB with a degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Elementary Education. She moved to Oklahoma after getting married to Mikael Walker. Before Jessica began working for IEW as a Customer Service Agent, she taught kindergarten and first grade for two years. Jessica enjoys working with the IEW team, spending time with family, and making crafts.

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