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Launching the Foundations of Literacy through Structure and Style™ in Grades K–2 Foundation #3: Teaching Phonics through Poetry

So far in this blog series, we’ve focused on how the lesson plans in our K–2 Classroom Supplements use poetry study and memorization as the launching point for building oral language and vocabulary.... read more

Sep 09, 2022

Where Are They Now? Oliver Mauser: College, Construction, and Effective Communication

From time to time we enjoy highlighting former structure and style students to showcase their achievements both academically and professionally. Students who learn this writing method are able to confidently use the skills... read more

Sep 06, 2022

Premium Membership: Continually Adding Teacher Resources

Investing in IEW’s Premium Membership is an investment in yourself as well as your students. Several fabulous perks have been added to the already robust compendium of support for teachers of Structure and... read more

Sep 02, 2022

A Visit with Sarah Mackenzie: Podcast Episode 337

Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Think! In addition to writing, reading is an important language art. Andrew often speaks about the role that reading aloud plays in building sophisticated language patterns and nurturing competent communicators.... read more

Aug 31, 2022

Literary Devices: Examining Anaphora and Epistrophe

Proficient writers are able to delve into a deep toolbox of literary devices to help them convey their ideas in an artistic and engaging manner. Prior blog posts have described a few of... read more

Aug 29, 2022

National Dog Day: Celebrating the Special Relationship between People and Their Pooches

It’s been said that the dog is man’s best friend. This aphorism has certainly been born out in classic literature. August 26 marks National Dog Day, a day to celebrate our special relationships... read more

Aug 26, 2022

Supercharging Classroom Creativity and Motivation: Podcast Episode 336

For many teachers and students, the start of the school year brings with it great excitement for the learning and growth ahead. The fresh start is encouraging, and motivation is high. As the... read more

Aug 24, 2022

Launching the Foundations of Literacy through Structure and Style in Grades K–2 Foundation #2: Building Grammar Skills with Poetry

In Part 1 of this series on IEW’s primary materials, we discussed poetry as a powerful tool in language development, specifically in building language skills and boosting reading comprehension. Part 2 examines the... read more

Aug 22, 2022

Edit with a Smile

Teaching writing would be my favorite job if it weren’t for grading. When a student hands in a composition and a teacher sees all the mistakes, how does one avoid the inevitable frustration?... read more

Aug 19, 2022

Homeschool 101 – A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Dunne: Podcast Episode 335✝

With the hope of offering support and resources to new and current homeschooling families, Andrew and Julie dedicate every ten episodes to the Homeschool 101 series. For this special edition of the series,... read more

Aug 17, 2022

Seeking Student Authors and Artists: An Exciting Magnum Opus Magazine Opportunity

Magnum Opus Magazine, IEW’s premier showcase of work from students around the world, is publishing a print edition in 2023 and is actively soliciting submissions from students. Before you jump into the school... read more

Aug 15, 2022

A Poem: “Bed in Summer”

One of the hallmarks of spring for most of the United States is the annual shift to daylight saving time. This time switch also happens to run over the summer, when the daylight... read more

Aug 12, 2022

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate, that is the question.

The humble hyphen ( ‐ ) is a subdued punctuation mark indicated by a short dash line. It serves a number of purposes grammatically, many of which we will take a look at... read more

Aug 08, 2022

How to Obliterate Writer’s Block

The blank page. It can be a formidable force. An intimidating expanse of seemingly interminable white, the empty page has been known to bring even the most prolific writer to his knees. But... read more

Aug 05, 2022

Off to a Strong Start: Preparing for Writing Instruction with Structure and Style

Arranging desks, unpacking new textbooks, and dusting off classroom libraries in a freshly cleaned classroom gives even the most seasoned veteran a happy feeling of anticipation for the year ahead. Making a new... read more

Aug 04, 2022

Letter to the Editor: Podcast Episode 333

In Andrew’s classroom he requests that his students hire an editor to look over and mark up their rough drafts prior to turning them in. In fact, Andrew has even written a letter... read more

Aug 03, 2022

Launching the Foundations of Literacy through Structure and Style in Grades K–2 Foundation #1: Language Development through Poetry

IEW’s instructional materials for the primary grades are based on the proven methods of the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure and Style approach and are inspired by the language development activities of... read more

Aug 01, 2022

Growing Young Readers and Writers

Why are the Primary Posters necessary in a K–2 classroom? One of the questions we hear frequently from teachers and principals concerns our Primary Posters for Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two: “Is this... read more

Jul 25, 2022

Pursuing College in a Whole New Way – A Conversation with Dr. Nicholas Ellis: Podcast Episode 331

Recently Dr. Nicholas Ellis paid a visit to IEW’s campus in Bixby, Oklahoma. Dr. Ellis is the founder and CEO of Christian Halls International (CHI), and Andrew and Julie were honored to welcome... read more

Jul 22, 2022

Literary Devices: Examining Consonance, Alliteration, and Assonance

In prior posts we have examined onomatopoeia as well as similes and metaphors. Today we will investigate three more literary devices: consonance, alliteration, and assonance. In the sample poems, the devices are underlined... read more

Jul 20, 2022

Assimilate!

If you are a logophile and the thought of digging into the technicalities of the English language energizes you, then today’s blog is for you! In the blog post “Meet the Mighty Morpheme,”... read more

Jul 15, 2022

Launching the Foundations of Literacy through Structure and Style™ in Grades K–2 Foundation #3: Teaching Phonics through Poetry

So far in this blog series, we’ve focused on how the lesson plans in our K–2 Classroom Supplements use poetry study... read more

Where Are They Now? Oliver Mauser: College, Construction, and Effective Communication

From time to time we enjoy highlighting former structure and style students to showcase their achievements both academically and professionally. Students... read more

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Premium Membership: Continually Adding Teacher Resources

Investing in IEW’s Premium Membership is an investment in yourself as well as your students. Several fabulous perks have been added... read more

A Visit with Sarah Mackenzie: Podcast Episode 337

Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Think! In addition to writing, reading is an important language art. Andrew often speaks about the role that... read more

Literary Devices: Examining Anaphora and Epistrophe

Proficient writers are able to delve into a deep toolbox of literary devices to help them convey their ideas in an... read more

National Dog Day: Celebrating the Special Relationship between People and Their Pooches

It’s been said that the dog is man’s best friend. This aphorism has certainly been born out in classic literature. August... read more

Supercharging Classroom Creativity and Motivation: Podcast Episode 336

For many teachers and students, the start of the school year brings with it great excitement for the learning and growth... read more

Launching the Foundations of Literacy through Structure and Style in Grades K–2 Foundation #2: Building Grammar Skills with Poetry

In Part 1 of this series on IEW’s primary materials, we discussed poetry as a powerful tool in language development, specifically... read more

Edit with a Smile

Teaching writing would be my favorite job if it weren’t for grading. When a student hands in a composition and a... read more

Homeschool 101 – A Conversation with Dr. Lisa Dunne: Podcast Episode 335✝

With the hope of offering support and resources to new and current homeschooling families, Andrew and Julie dedicate every ten episodes... read more

Seeking Student Authors and Artists: An Exciting Magnum Opus Magazine Opportunity

Magnum Opus Magazine, IEW’s premier showcase of work from students around the world, is publishing a print edition in 2023 and... read more

A Poem: “Bed in Summer”

One of the hallmarks of spring for most of the United States is the annual shift to daylight saving time. This... read more

To hyphenate or not to hyphenate, that is the question.

The humble hyphen ( ‐ ) is a subdued punctuation mark indicated by a short dash line. It serves a number... read more

How to Obliterate Writer’s Block

The blank page. It can be a formidable force. An intimidating expanse of seemingly interminable white, the empty page has been... read more

Off to a Strong Start: Preparing for Writing Instruction with Structure and Style

Arranging desks, unpacking new textbooks, and dusting off classroom libraries in a freshly cleaned classroom gives even the most seasoned veteran... read more

Letter to the Editor: Podcast Episode 333

In Andrew’s classroom he requests that his students hire an editor to look over and mark up their rough drafts prior... read more

Launching the Foundations of Literacy through Structure and Style in Grades K–2 Foundation #1: Language Development through Poetry

IEW’s instructional materials for the primary grades are based on the proven methods of the Institute for Excellence in Writing’s Structure... read more

Growing Young Readers and Writers

Why are the Primary Posters necessary in a K–2 classroom? One of the questions we hear frequently from teachers and principals concerns... read more

Pursuing College in a Whole New Way – A Conversation with Dr. Nicholas Ellis: Podcast Episode 331

Recently Dr. Nicholas Ellis paid a visit to IEW’s campus in Bixby, Oklahoma. Dr. Ellis is the founder and CEO of... read more

Literary Devices: Examining Consonance, Alliteration, and Assonance

In prior posts we have examined onomatopoeia as well as similes and metaphors. Today we will investigate three more literary devices:... read more

Assimilate!

If you are a logophile and the thought of digging into the technicalities of the English language energizes you, then today’s... read more

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