Long, long ago around the turn of the century (Hey! That was only the year 2000!), Ms. B. discovered the Institute for Excellence in Writing. She completed the teacher training program TWSS: Teaching Writing With Structure and Style, and loved every minute of it. Andrew Pudewa, the founder and author of the program, encouraged Ms. B. to write her own lesson plans and start teaching classes for homeschoolers, so that’s what she did. Those lesson plans became Writing Foundations, and news of her classes spread like wildfire throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
Meanwhile, Mr. Pudewa and his team were writing the Student Writing Intensive and Fix It! programs, but by the time they were published, Writing Foundations was already well established. Ms. B. even wrote a few products for IEW over the years such as Lessonshare plans way back in the early years and Essays on the Demand for timed essays (which was included in the first version of the High School Essay Intensive). Nowadays, she continues to maintain her expertise as an instructor by devouring everything IEW has to offer as Writing Foundations continues its own little orbit around the IEW sun.
How does Writing Foundations differ from IEW?
The process: IEW teaches key word outline, draft, and revise.
Writing Foundations has added a brainstorm step before the key word outline.
Techniques: IEW numbers the techniques in the margins.
Writing Foundations color codes the techniques with highlighting in the text.
Techniques: IEW calls them “dress ups” and “sentence starters/openers”.
Writing Foundations calls them “inners” and “beginners” because Ms. B. likes to call them “innies” and “outies” so she can talk about belly buttons.
Grammar: IEW offers Fix It! stories.
Writing Foundations has a three-year rotation of history themes for which we choose the sources for reports and our Grammar Work Outs (GWOs). Our Grammar Work Out stories are similar to the Fix It! process. Miss Zoe has written three different stories for each level of Writing Foundations (9 stories total) that match the theme for each year of lessons: Ancient History, Middle Ages, Modern History.