It’s a 28 page packet that is basically the text or guide through the program.
Finally you get the IEW Portable Walls for the Essayist.
But, streaming videos doesn’t work well for us on limited data, so we stuck to the DVDs.
Here’s what covered by the DVD lectures: Part 1A – General Strategies for Essay Writing: Length and Structure Part 1B – General Strategies for Essay Writing: Invention and Style Part 2 – Understanding and Preparing for the New ACT Essay Part 3 – Understanding and Preparing for the Redesigned SAT Essay Part 4 – Strategies for the Personal Essay Jayme and I are watching the DVD instruction together, and working through some practice activities.
Andrew Pudewa tells it like it is, and I appreciate that.
He shared the tip that helped me graduate with my master’s degree with a 4.0 GPA. You can’t use the exact same writing style and strategies in every class.His funny personality has totally won me over…and he’ll win you over too!The set comes with a very nice CD/DVD leather-like case that holds all your DVDs. You also get a student handout packet that can be copied for home use with multiple kids. Pudewa has such a basic understanding of the way kids feel about writing: most of them just don’t want to. So he operates, teaches, and draws kids in with this knowledge, and with a liberal sprinkling of humor, turns writing into a really fun school subject. The ability to communicate powerfully with the written word can give any person a distinct advantage in almost every area of life, and give them the ability to have a huge impact on the world. I definitely plan to continue using many IEW resources for my youngest two children.I think the number one attraction to the IEW materials is Andrew Pudewa, the founder of the company as well as the presenter of the DVD classes. My kids enjoy watching the videos, and even the younger kids (who are not taking the course) will sit down and watch. The selling point for parents: the incredible results in their child’s writing. “This DVD course with accompanying handouts provides immediate experience and inside tips toward high school essay writing, including text analysis, response-to-literature prompts, and the college application personal essay, with content updated in 2016 for SAT®, ACT®, and techniques for writing a college application Portable Walls for the Essayist is basically a durable tri-fold that contains handy checklists of all of the important lists and techniques discussed (and used) in the class.I told Jayme to listen carefully as we rewatched that short segment. Because grading written assignments like essays is so subjective, you must be adaptable!Other things I liked about the lectures: The information presented definitely covered essays that your high schooler will need as the whole college prep/college entrance personal essay season of life rolls around.I’ve used IEW materials with Jayme many years ago, but have never gone through their high school material.Now that Jayme freshman year is almost over, and words like “SAT” and “Personal Essay for College” are entering our vocabulary, I realized that a review of essays was definitely in order. When we opened up the box, we found 5 DVDs, a packet of student handouts, and an expandable folder that not only has a space to keep the notes, but also offers plenty of models, checklists, and strategies.The downside: Well, you can only make writing so exciting.This is meant to be an “intensive” seminar meaning that you would watch and do the exercises over a short period of time. The upside: If you have limited time and need to get your child up to par with writing, or improve writing for the SAT or ACT or similar, then this is amazing. You can use the format here and stop and work on the skills more before learning the next part.