Courses this year will look different! Due to changing family circumstances, I will not be teaching out of my home this year. Courses will be held at the Rural Heritage Center in Geneva on Wednesdays. Each class will last 55 minutes. In order to accommodate the shorter class time, the grammar component will be online, and students can choose the level that suits their ability level.
Because of the work involved in teaching a course, I will only offer a course if a minimum seven (7) students enroll. Class size is limited to fifteen (15) students.
Rural Heritage Center Offerings
Ancient History Based Lessons: 11:00 FOUR SPOTS REMAINING (Grades 4-7) Using the IEW Curriculum Ancient History-Based Writing Lesson, students will explore the civilizations of Sumer, Egypt, Israel, Babylon, Greece, Rome, Asia Minor, and Asia, the peoples ideas, traditions, systems of government, feats, and wonderful skills. As they do, they will work through IEW’s structural units 1-9 in order; with the elements of style introduced gradually. Optional online grammar is the Fix-it program by Pamela White. Additionally, as time allows, we will continue putting good language in so we can get good language out. A portion of every class will be spent listening to and discussing literature selections that reinforce learning about Ancient History. Students will also need the Student Resource PACKET from IEW. Keyboarding skills or a parent typist are recommended.
US History-Based Writing Lessons: 1:00 pm Wednesday THREE SPOTS REMAINING ( Grades 7-9, or instructor approval) Travel back in time to early United States history! This theme-based writing curriculum allows students to delve into the excitement of explorers, battles, land expansion, famous ships, and founding fathers while learning to write with the Structure and Style® writing method. Offering a full year of instruction for students in grades 6–8, these lessons cover all nine IEW Units. Vocabulary cards, literature suggestions, and access to helpful PDF downloads are also included. Optional online grammar is the Fix-it program by Pamela White. Students will also need the Student Resource PACKET from IEW. Keyboarding skills or a parent typist are recommended.
Narnia Based Writing Lessons Volume II: 9am Wednesday THREE SPOTS REMAINING (Grades 7-11) Excellent course for 7-9th graders with prior IEW experience or high school students with no prior IEW experience. Using the final four novels of The Chronicles of Narnia® , this series of 30 lessons beckons students to experience the enchanted land of Narnia while working through IEW’s 9 structural models. Additionally, in an effort to put good language in so we can get good language out, a portion of every class will be spent listening to and discussing the Narnia books. Optional online grammar is the Fix-it program by Pamela White. All work must be typed.
Bible-Based Writing Lessons: Wednesday 2:00 pm. (Grades 9-12 or 8th grader with IEW experience) Excellent introduction to the IEW method for high school students with no prior IEW experience. Using the new Bible-based Writing Lessons from IEW, students will develop and improve composition skills while deepening Biblical understanding. The syllabus works through all 9 of the IEW Structural units and gives extra attention to different types of essays that students will be likely to encounter in higher education, such as research writing and argumentative essays. In addition to the IEW basics of structure and style, this course offers high schoolers advanced structural techniques to formulate well-reasoned and cohesive paragraphs and essays. Students will also need the Student Resource PACKET from IEW and selected novels for literature. This course can count as Honors English with the suggested reading list. Optional online grammar is the Fix-it Program by Pamela White. All work must be typed.
Composition and Literature: 10:00am Wednesday Class Full. WAITLIST AVAILABLE (Grades 9-12 or 8th grader with extensive IEW experience.) This Honors level course is for students with prior IEW experience and fluency with the structural models and stylistic techniques. Fall semester will focus on essay writing using IEW’s The Elegant Essay. Building on the Unit 8 Essay Model, students will go deeper into the more technical aspects of the essay process, such as identifying essay type, creating effective thesis statements, and crafting effective arguments in support of a thesis. Spring semester will use the same techniques but focus on literary analysis and writing analysis essays using IEW’s Windows to the World curriculum. Students will need both student books, the Student Resource Packet, and Portable Walls for the Essayist, all from IEW. Optional online grammar is the Fix-it Program by Pamela White. All work must be typed.