LIVE, INTERACTIVE SESSIONS
Students login to our Adobe Connect classroom for a “front row seat” as I teach Fix It Grammar, editing skills, and IEW writing. Classes are highly interactive with chat, polls, quizzes, and real-time discussions. Students use open mics and turn on their webcams so everyone can see and hear each other as we discuss the books and ideas of Western civilization. Classes are recorded so students don’t have to miss a session! 

INSTITUTE FOR EXCELLENCE IN WRITING®
       As your IEW Certified Online Instructor, I have taught all aspects of writing to students in grades 2-12 for two decades based on the award-winning Teaching Writing: Structure and Style syllabus. I teach our tutorials and IEW’s high school Level C class and our most advanced class, Continuation Course C Online. In addition, our family has been involved with competitive speech and debate for ten years, so I value rhetoric skills! We want our children to develop rhetoric skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
       In order to acquire facility with IEW structure basics, all students begin with note taking and summaries.  We quickly progress to paragraphs and essays in order to develop confidence and competence with structure and style.  Their writing and speaking assignments are always directly related to their studies for solid high school skills.  After they read the works, answer syllabus questions, and discuss these ideas, they are firmly prepared to interpret and analyze key teachings of these authors, poets, philosophers, artists, theologians, or political leaders.  Of course, I grade all papers, giving timely, personalized feedback and a grade for all assignments. Here are the writing emphases for each course with some of the materials I use in my teaching: 
STARTING POINTS 
Basic paragraphs through essay 
The complete IEW syllabus  
Introduction to speech 
     Teaching Writing: Structure and Style--all writing units
     Teaching the Classics
     Fix It: Grammar and Editing Book 3 Frog Prince 
ANCIENT THOUGHT 
Basic essays with MLA citation 
Timed writing 
Letters 
Research with books 
Speech presentation 
     Windows to the World for advanced literary analysis 
     High School Essay Intensive 
     Fix It: Grammar and Editing Book 4 The Little Mermaid 
RENAISSANCE & REFORMATION
Essay with MLA 8 Style citation and documentation 
Various essays--persuasive, comparative, personal, and argumentative 
Expanded essay and planning a paper 
Research with Internet  
Public speaking 
Multi-media presentation 
     The Elegant Essay and thesis statements
     The Lively Art of Writing 
     Fix It: Grammar and Editing Book 5 Chanticleer 
THE REVOLUTIONARY AGE 
Academic papers with full MLA 8 Style documentation 
Research Writing and Term Papers 
      Fix It: Grammar and Editing Book 6 Sir Gawain  
MODERN ERA 
Directed Research and Writing 
Term papers 
Literary analysis and persuasive papers 
Notes from a Lecture 
College prep writing 
     Advanced Communication Series
     A Writer’s Guide to Powerful Paragraph
Students, of course, build skills according to ability, and each one improves each year by specific checklists and paper evaluations. This is truly a skills-based rather than product driven program. Students might be asked to work through a few short exercises for a basic understanding of the concept, then apply it to our world view course writing and literary analysis. Each assignment is carefully coordinated with the curriculum.  

FIX IT GRAMMAR
       Some students have done a lot of grammar workbooks but are not trained to edit their own work.  Students do editing exercises with Fix It! Grammar lessons. Each day they edit a few lines of an ongoing short story, learning grammar, mechanics, vocabulary, and editing skills. Fix It grammar rules are reviewed in class each week and used in paper evaluations. If your student has already completed the level, contact me.  

PARTNERSHIP 
       Your student has this unique opportunity to receive Excellence in Writing instruction with literature as they study the Great Books of Western civilization and classics. Let me partner with you and alleviate some of the ongoing burden you feel by providing consistent coursework and accountability with: 
1. Limited class size with encouraging, supportive peers. 
2. Direct instruction with a “front-row seat.” 
3. Interactive class, with mentored discussion, responses, quizzes, and polls. 
4. Detailed Excellence in Writing instruction and modeling. 
5. Specific checklists and paper requirements with clear homework assignments. 
6. Paper evaluations with personalized feedback and a percentage grade. 
7. Streamlined student effort: A few subjects are studied deeply a few hours each day. 
8. Schedule allows time for electives or other pursuits. 
9. Multi-media: Mini-lecture, modeling, demonstrations, examples. 
10. Archived class recordings. Access it for review or for missed class sick days. 
11. Private website classroom area called the Cave for homework schedule, assignments, handouts, our Art Study Guide quizzes and key, and interactive Student Forum. 
12. Students learn to own their educational goals and develop a sense of accomplishment. 

OUR ART STUDY & GUIDE 
        Starting in Ancient Thought, our curriculum calls for students to observe and compare art using Adventures in Art.  This is a minimum requirement for all students but does not adequately cover art appreciation and history for a full high school credit.  Since Adventure in Art has not been available for years, I chose A Basic History of Western Art (softbound) or a Short History of Art (hardbound) as our comprehensive art book.  
       Janson’s A Basic History of Western Art covers the history of each period with timeline, maps, artist backgrounds and techniques.  This comprehensive book focuses on Judeo-Christian Western architecture, sculpture, and paintings with just a few representative works so this survey is an excellent study for the high school years. 
       I wrote our matching Cornerstone Tutorials Art Study Guide for students with an answer key for parents which includes quizzes, terms, and definitions, and specific world view questions for each art period.  Students do a portion of A Basic History of Western Art each year, completing the book in four years.  It is illuminating to see world view correlations between writer and painter or sculpture.  Ideas influence culture.  With this book and our Cornerstone Tutorials Art Study Guide, art terms and concepts are woven together for a solid survey of art history. 

WESTERN CIVILIZATION HISTORY TEXT 
        Beginning with Anicent Thought, we use our world history text, Spielvogel’s Western Civilization, as a comprehensive reference for research and writing during all their high school years.  It includes history summaries, maps, charts, timeline information, colorful art and illustrations, focus vignettes featuring art techniques or battles.  Western Civilization not only covers the history of political leaders and wars but also the cultural, economic, and scientific ideas of each period.  Students study maps, read fascinating side notes, or review information about specific times or events that they may have forgotten or never learned.  For example, students may have studied Medieval castle life or the Bubonic Plague in elementary school, but now they will also read about fiefs, serfdom, and the economics of the era.  Periodic reading assignments are appropriately correlated to their world view studies. .  For an introduction to Excellence in Writing's award-winning structure and style method, please watch the free webinar, "Experience Excellence in Writing" here. 

THE 4 Rs OF RHETORIC SKILLS
       Rather than skim through a cursory study of an overwhelming compilation of Greco-Roman works, students study deeply the very “best of the best” Great Books and original sources featured in the Great Conversation that Mortimer Adler refers to in the Great Books tradition.  They’ll discover for themselves the thoughts and ideas of those people who have influenced Western culture. 
Students are required to actively participate in learning by: 
            Researching the subject or study, first from a Biblical view
            Reasoning through and identifying the leading ideas and basic principles  with syllabus work
            Relating it to other areas of study and the world around them through Socratic discussions
            Recording  what was learned in the syllabus as well as writing and presentations
Students first look at the subject of study biblically, then read the Great Books and classics to identify what these key thinkers say.  Secondly, they reason through these ideas with syllabus questions.  But we don’t stop there!  Next, we frame these views by mentored Socratic discussion, relating them to previous study and current culture.  In our online classroom, students see and hear other students in discussion time as all participate!  Finally, students exercise rhetoric skills by codifying their understanding in writing and presentations. 

WHY CLASSICS AND WESTERN CULTURE?
      While other cultural studies are important, we are limited in time and energy during high school.  We cannot study everything there is to know, so we must necessarily limit.  Western Civilization, with its root of Judeo-Christian culture, is our Christian and American heritage and therefore our focus for high school. 
      Your high school student has this unique opportunity to receive a quality classical education based on a scriptural worldview, Great Books of the Judeo-Christian Western civilization, Francis Schaeffer books, and primary source documents.  Each course features the “best of the best” for each time period.  In addition, all study is mentored learning with Socratic discussions.  This allows for a safe forum to discuss challenging current events or difficult concepts with encouraging and supportive peers. 
      My aim is for students to claim their Christian faith and educational goals to produce a satisfying sense of accomplishment.  But more importantly, the goal is for students to express their faith as they assess ideas and communicate them using rhetoric skills in a winsome and engaging way to a culture that sorely needs Christ’s redeeming effects. 

Students may not, will not, get this opportunity to have a Great Books education from a Christian perspective in college.  Now is the time! Enroll today.