IEW 6th-8th: Medieval History-Based Writing

Teacher Name: Susan Price
Teacher Email: price_family@mygrande.net
Tuition: $200.00 per year, payable in monthly installments of $25.00
Discount for Semester Payment: none
Supply/Materials Fee (due at registration): $25.00
Deposit (due at registration): $25.00
Grades: 6th-8th
Minimum Class Size: 10
Maximum Class Size: 18
Midterm Enrollment: with teacher permission
Class Time: 2nd hour
Prerequisite: None
Estimated homework hours: 1-3 hours weekly
Required Materials or Books:

  • IEW Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons [Student Book only]
  • Implementing the Structure and Style® Writing Method $29.00
  • Please order early so that student has his/her book the first day of classes. (Please be careful when sourcing this material. It is newly revised February 2019. Avoid ordering the older edition.)
  • https://iew.com/shop/products/medieval-history-based-writing-lessons-student-book-only
  • Pencil/pen
  • 3-ringed binder with page protectors
  • Readily accessible computer e-mail account (After we get started, we will primarily use Class Dojo, but you need e-mail for BVC communications, etc.).
  • Computer, paper and readily-accessible printer
  • Colored pencils
  • 3×5” index cards
  • Students must download and print the FREE Student Resource Notebook e-book available on the link above when they order the IEW student book. (Hole punch and place into 3-ringed binder. We will use this info all year.
  • Class DoJo – You must download this free organizational/communications app to your smart phone or computer. We will use this app for classroom communication on assignments every week. This will enable me to take photos of outlines, notes, class discussion, vocab, and more from the white board to send to you to keep you informed.

Class Description:
Are you studying Medieval History in your home school this year? Did you cover it last year, or will you cover it next year? This course will definitely reinforce and support your history/literature curriculum if you are studying the medieval era this year, but the gripping stories about the times are simply the backdrop we will use to facilitate exploring wonderful writing techniques! A side benefit is that it will reinforce what you have already learned or provide a preview of what you will be learning in history/literature. With suggested supplemental reading for each unit, you could easily use this course as the inspiration for your history and literature study for the year. We will explore the elements of a plot diagram such as setting, characters, rising action, conflict, climax, and resolution as a crucial aspect of what forms excellent writing. Naturally, these are also key elements of what creates outstanding literature. After all, who would not want to read and write about Knights, Vikings, kings, and famous men of the Middle Ages?

Medieval History-Based Writing Lessons-Implementing the Structure and Style® Writing Method with Vocabulary and suggested supplemental reading is an enjoyable yearlong writing course in which students will write about the people, places, and events of the middle ages. Students will explore everything from Monasteries to Mohammed, Swords to Samurais, Archbishops to Alfred the Great, Vikings, Knights, Kings, Khan, and ideas and architectures such as Chivalry, Flying Buttresses, and Cathedrals —all while working progressively through the various IEW units and a variety of stylistic techniques.

Designed to teach students to IMPLEMENT the Structure and Style of the IEW method, these Medieval History-based lessons will encourage plenty of quality adjectives, strong verb usage, and more advanced sentence structure and transition techniques. They will also learn research and note-taking techniques for research papers. During the research unit, students will need brief access to a library and/or the internet in order to utilize materials needed for research. Students will learn to create bibliographies from their source materials to include in their reports.

This class follows the same writing method introduced in All Things Fun and Fascinating (2015-2016), the Beautiful Feet Writing course (2016-2017), Fables, Myths, and Fairy Tales (2017-2018), Ancient History-Based Writing (2018-2019) at a higher level. While no previous experience is required, this course is a perfect follow up to reinforce and apply the concepts learned over the last four years in levels 4th-6th. Come write with us! This adventure will be the ideal next step up into more advanced writing.

About Susan Price

Susan Price is a 1992 graduate of Baylor University. She is a wife of 31 years, and a homeschooling mother of three children- one a speech pathologist, and two still in college. This will be Susan’s twelfth year to teach at Brazos Valley Co-op. She is committed to providing children with a classical Christian education. Her greatest desire is to prepare them to live out God’s plans for their lives in the time and place in which He has placed them. She believes that all Truth and Beauty can only originate from God, and she particularly delights in exploring these aspects of His nature through music, literature, and writing.