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Institute for Excellence in Writing Review


Institute for Excellence in Writing

Hey neighbors,

We had the opportunity to review High School Essay Intensive, a program designed for high school students, grades 9-12, from Institute for Excellence in Writing.  This is a physical product course, not an online program.  You receive a set of 5 DVDs in a case, a folder with different essay rules, tips and guides (this is called a Portable Walls for the Essayist) along with a printed outline and worksheets.


Institute for Excellence in Writing High School Essay Intensive

Here is what is covered during the course:
Part 1A: General Strategies for Essay Writing: Length and Structure
  • Initial Exercise
  • A Hurt and Rescue Operation  
  • What is an essay?
  • Two Questions Writers Need to Ask
  • Translating Assignment Length to Paragraphs
  • Types of Paragraph
  • The TRIAC Paragraph Model
  • Essay Models
Part 1B: General Strategies for Essay Writing: Invention and Style
  • Canons of Rhetoric
  • Invention
  • Practicing Common Topics of Invention
  • Practice with TRIAC Outline
  • Style
  • Sentence Patterns
  • Literary Devices: Schemes and Tropes
  • Practice with Sentence Openers and Figures of Speech
Part 2: Understanding and Preparing for the New ACT® Essay
  • ACT General Guidelines
  • The Assignment
  • Strategies for Planning
  • Strategies for Writing
  • Strategies for Proofing
Part 3: Understanding and Preparing for the Redesigned SAT® Essay
  • General Guidelines
  • The Assignment
  • Annotating
  • Handy Annotation System
  • Annotating Practice
  • Strategies for Planning
  • Strategies for Writing
  • Using Effective Vocabulary
  • Strategies for Proofing
Part 4: Strategies for the Personal Essay
  • General Guidelines
  • Sample Essay Prompts
  • Strategies for Planning: Pop out from the Crowd
  • Strategies for Writing, Editing, and Proofreading
  • A Not-So-Secret Secret     
  • Final Practice
  • Concluding Comments
  • Last Bits of Advice for Life
Now, my main interest in this program was to help my youngest daughter improve her writing skills.  She shares a website with her sister, where they interview Southern Gospel artists, and I am hoping that completing this program will help build her confidence in her writing skills.  I have to confess with the first assignment, she was a little frustrated, because she had to be pro or con on a subject she felt she was neither on.  I told her to just choose a side and put forth her thoughts.  After we got through that she was fine.

Portable Walls for the Essayist is one of those handy little charts, that help in so many ways.  It starts with types of essays, basic essay models, the writing process, the TRIAC paragraph, Essay Writing Strategies, Sentence Pattern Variety, Specific Models, and a list of traditional words and phrases as well as prepositions.  This is a chart that will go on our shelf of permanent writing helps.  It is a chart we can go back to again and again.

The DVDs come in a nice case, helps so you don't lose them.  The teacher, Andrew Pudewa held my daughters attention.  Sometimes I find her bored if she is watching a video for school, but this was not a problem with this set.  Also included with the DVDs is a special activation code to allow you access to some online videos and information through IEW.  This is an added benefit.

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We will be continuing the course as I feel it will greatly improve her essay skills.  Take time to click the banner below to see what other TOS Crew members had to say about this product.

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