IEW: Following Narnia Writing – 1st Period Friday


Using the first three novels from The Chronicles of Narnia series, this course will enable 6th and 7th grade students to experience the enchanted land of Narnia through the “Structure and Style” writing method. The Institute for Excellence in Writing teaching methods have helped many students to become successful and competent communicators.  In this course students will move through each of the nine units in a step by step fashion with clear directives that will help to reduce confusion and build confidence in their writing ability. They will learn to take notes and create outlines, summarize narrative stories, construct a research report, compose creative essays and write formal essays and critiques.  This approach to learning to write provides the structure that students need in order to develop confidence in the writing process. Additionally, stylistic techniques (strong verbs, quality adjectives, use of adverbial clauses, sentence openers, etc.) will be taught incrementally to move students from the basics to more sophisticated writing. This class will also have a Grammar Review and Vocabulary Development component.

Students in Middle School English I, are expected to know the basics of sentence and paragraph construction.  They will be expected to complete any assigned reading, grammar and/or writing exercises (as listed on the syllabus) prior to class time each week. Keeping up with assignments will allow students to participate in classroom discussions and activities and will enable them to progress in skill development. Pre-reading of the first 3 Narnia books (The Magician’s Nephew, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Horse and His Boy) over the summer would be helpful, but chapters of each book will be assigned weekly for homework as we work through the units. Chapter 1 of The Magician’s Nephew should be read or reread, prior to the first day of class. Students will also need to bring the appropriate book to class each week for reference during class lessons.

Arrow Program: Arrow Primer 
Class Day: Friday
Teacher: Cathleen McDaniel
Prerequisites: At least one year of IEW 
Expectations: Students can expect to have weekly homework assignments that could include reading, writing, vocabulary study and grammar.  Total weekly homework time expectations: 2-3 hours per week.
Supply Fee: None

The Following Narnia Vol.1 Writing Program is designed to be taught in either 24 or 30 instructional meetings. For those classes that meet only 24 times per year (Arrow Primer), students will cover the first two Narnia Books and Units 1-8 of the IEW Teaching Writing with Structure and Style (TWSS) Syllabus.  Students who register for the full 30 week instructional program (Arrow Academics), will complete all three Narnia books and all nine units of the TWSS Syllabus, plus a bonus unit on Responding to Literature through analytical writing about character, symbolism, and theme. 

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