Student Writing Intensive Level A


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Recorded live with Mr. Andrew Pudewa, this four-DVD writing course for elementary students new to IEW lays a solid foundation of writing skills. Over the course of 15–30 weeks, students will learn how to effectively use a wide range of structural models and stylistic techniques in their compositions, as they write on a variety of enjoyable fiction and non-fiction topics. Included with the student handouts are complete teacher’s notes, source texts, assignments, and checklists.


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Each level (A, B, or C) presumes no previous experience; levels differ mainly in the type of source texts used, speed of presentation, and sophistication of vocabulary.


  • Structure and Style Overview DVD for parents and teachers
  • Four instructional DVDs for the student
  • Three-ring binder with dividers
  • Student packet containing scope and sequence, teacher’s notes, and student handouts for one student (about 100 pages in all)

Choose the level based on your child’s age and maturity rather than writing ability, and if you wish to use the SWI with children of mixed ages, you can generally select Level B, “shooting for the middle.” Even students with little writing experience can immediately enjoy Andrew’s humor and realize that the process is not so overwhelming as they learn techniques to create a more enjoyable finished composition. Their concept of writing as being “too hard” changes; they now have the tools for success!

With lesson plans and reinforcement exercises built right in, you’ll know exactly which portion of the disc to watch for each lesson and which writing assignments to give your students.

Is it necessary to buy the teacher training course (TWSS), or could I get just the Student Writing Intensive?
The primary goal of Excellence in Writing is teacher training. We offer lessons and DVDs for the student to make the job of the teacher as easy as possible, but it is important for teachers to gain the training necessary to help their children write well.

Writing is an art and requires a give and take between student and teacher. The teacher’s course equips you to provide that for your student. If you only have the student DVDs, your student will learn a good deal, but will only get the answers to whatever questions were asked when the course was originally filmed. If your student has any difficulty, you may find it challenging to provide him the unique help he needs. The teacher’s course provides all the hows and whys behind the program so that you too can become an accomplished writing teacher over time.

One experienced homeschool mother explains, “I homeschool eight children, so I can appreciate how precious time is, but trying to teach writing without taking the time to watch my teacher’s DVDs was like pushing the car down the highway because I didn’t have time to stop for gas. 🙂

“You don’t have to watch the entire teacher’s course in one sitting. Just watch a disc a month or so and you will do just fine. Better—call up a friend to watch them with you (one a week or one a month). The accountability will keep you going and you’ll have some fun too. That is how I got started, and it made for great friend time in addition to my own teacher training.”

As Andrew Pudewa has said, our materials are like ice cream—the more the better! But be sure the first serving is for the teacher.

I have children at several different grade levels. Which SWI level should I buy?

The three levels of the Student Writing Intensives are designed to correspond with these approximate grade levels:

  • A: Grades 3-5
  • B: Grades 6-8
  • C: Grades 9-12

With children in a range of levels, we generally recommend that you “shoot for the middle.” All of our Student Writing Intensives presume no previous experience with our program, so you won’t miss anything by starting with Level B or C. Likewise, the classes are not juvenile in a way that they would bore or offend older students. We often have very mixed classes.

Do be aware that although the content and pacing of Levels A and B are fairly similar, Level C is designed for 8th or 9th grade on up and would likely be too intimidating for younger students. If your age span is quite large, either choose two different Student Intensives, or choose one and plan to teach up or down using what you learn from the Teaching Writing: Structure & Style seminar.

If you plan to use Level B with younger students, you can find some substitute assignments at the A level here.

I have several children. Do I need to buy extra student materials for each one?

You can find the copyright policy for each of our products as a link on the specific product page. For example, to view the copyright for the Student Writing Intensive Level A go to the product page and click on the “Details” tab.

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Student Writing Intensive Level A

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  1. headchef

    Writing was always the most difficult part of our homeschooling. Always tears of frustration from my kids aged 12, 10, and 7. I am so glad one of my friends introduced me to IEW. We are now using the Student Writing Intensive DVDs and there are no more tears. My kids will now happily take notes, write a rough draft, polish it with my help and make their final copy.

    – Tracey


  2. headchef

    I’m sure you hear this all the time – my daughter, who is 8 years old, started the Student Writing Intensive about a year and a half ago. At that time she would tearfully struggle through her writing lessons and really disparage her own work. During the first couple lessons, a light bulb went on as she began to understand how to apply the process of outlining and adding dress-ups. Because of IEW, she is not only excelling in writing but loving the process of it as well.

    Thank You Thank You Thank You!

    – Kelly P


  3. headchef

    Back in 2001, my kids were in 7th, 5th, and 2nd grades. I wanted to teach them how to write well, but every writing curriculum I looked at or tried seemed to just tell students what to write without teaching them how. Most started with the dreaded blank page and no instruction on how to fill it up. Needless to say, we were all getting frustrated!

    Finally, I found out about IEW and decided to give it a try. I am a big picture person, so I sat and watched the entire TWSS in the evenings throughout a couple of weeks. The more I watched, the more excited I became! I couldn’t wait to get started! I finally had the tools I needed to teach my children how to write!

    We started, and Units 1 and 2 were incredibly successful! My two older kids took off with it and were writing several paragraphs a week, enjoying the challenge of coming up with the stylistic techniques. I loved how IEW did not separate writing from other subjects but rather was a tool to help them learn. We found that writing about what we were learning helped us master the material much more effectively.

    The kids were building impressive writing notebooks bursting with structural model sheets, style words and examples, key word outlines, and final copies of their compositions. All the tools they needed to write well were in those notebooks. It was great to be able to assign an essay and know that they knew exactly what steps to take to write one. It was also such a joy to go back and read their compositions and see how far they had progressed!

    Eventually, we started using other IEW materials. The kids always looked forward to Andrew teaching them through DVDs, and we also especially enjoyed using the history theme-based writing lessons and Windows to the World. I have never seen an easier way to learn how to write a literary analysis essay. I would have never been able to teach my kids how to do this well without the Windows course!

    Our two older kids are now in college and have been able to easily write all their papers and get excellent grades. They are both so thankful for all they have learned and for having the tools to write any type of paper.

    I always say that IEW is, by far, the best homeschool money I have ever spent! Earlier this year I became accredited as an IEW® Registered Instructor, am now teaching IEW co-op classes, and plan to become Certified soon. It is so rewarding to see how well my students are progressing and how excited they are to find out that they really can learn to write well!

    – Sabrina



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