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Other IEW Friendly Materials

Blended Structure and Style in Composition by JB Webster
The Webster Text. Covering in depth all nine units, Dr. Webster’s core text contains abundant examples, charts, motivational ideas, and models. It is the definitive reference for the Teaching Writing: Structure & Style writing program. Recommended for school teachers and those with advanced students.

This book is best utilized by those who would like more samples of student writing and who need more instruction to implement Teaching Writing in the classroom setting.

New! How to Write a Story by Lee Roddy
To get to the next level of complexity in story writing, this is the perfect guide. This 85-page volume provides a step-by-step method for understanding and teaching basic story writing techniques. A natural extension of the IEW approach, How to Write a Story walks the writer through each stage of story construction: from getting ideas for stories, to designing and developing effective plots, to creating realistic scenes and characters.
Click here to view a PDF sample.

New! A Word Write Now, Structured Word lists for Stylized Writing by Loranna Schwacofer
A Word Write Now brings the concept of children’s writing resources to a whole  new level! Many young writers, when looking for alternate vocabulary, will consult  a thesaurus which offers few choices,  confusing or inappropriate options, or no useful synonyms. This can be frustrating for child and teacher alike.

 In this magnificent full-color ninety page spiral-bound reference, an experienced Structure & Style writing teacher has brilliantly organized words not by definitions or meanings—but by character qualities and behavior traits.

 Furthermore, she has divided the words by part-of-speech, making it simple for even young children to find appropriate and effective “-ly” adverbs, strong verbs, quality adjectives, and nouns which correspond to the character or behavior of the person,  animal, event, or idea they are attempting  to portray.

 Often students may not know exactly what word they are looking for, but they can peruse the lists in the book, scanning, for example, The “Cheerful Clown Fish,” finding adjectives like amenable, congenial, sweet tempered, or perhaps adverbs such as cordially, good-naturedly, warmly; even verbs including beamed, consented, winked, and more! In the section on “Ways of Hearing,” a young writer will find categories for animal noises (bleat, peep, squeal), object  noises (clunk, jangle, rustle), human sounds (moan, rasp, twitter), loud and quiet sounds (cacophonous, grating, thunderous, muffled, soothing, subdued) as well as nouns for things that make sounds, verbs for listening, even verb phrases like “turned a deaf ear.”

 By scanning lists such as these, children can find words that they might never have thought to use on their own. A word hops off of the page, through their eyes, into their brain, out their hand, and on to their paper— allowing them to write a word they never would have thought of on their own. This process, of course, helps them to internalize and gain ownership of new words, thereby enhancing their active vocabulary and building word power for life!

 Following the IEW philosophy, every page has a “My Words” column for children to add their own and personalize their reference. Additionally, each section has quotations from literature to enhance the child’s understanding of each quality or trait. Although the author has given permission for parents and teachers to photocopy pages for use within a family or one classroom, this colorful book is so beautiful that each child deserves their own copy—it’s a treasure! Full color throughout. 96 pages.

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