About the Teacher’s Seminar:
This video seminar is our primary offering for teachers and parents presenting a system of structural models (narrative, essay, report, etc.) and stylistic techniques (e.g., strong verbs, quality adjectives, and a variety of sentence openers) applicable for students of all ages and aptitudes.
The set includes the full teacher training course on nine DVDs, along with four demonstration lessons showing the first step of the process being taught to students at four different grade levels—an enjoyable jump start with Structure & Style. The accompanying Seminar Workbook becomes your syllabus and teaching manual.
Unlike many creative writing programs, this more classical system stresses modeling and builds a firm foundation of specific skills. As students practice each format and master each technique, they develop confidence—and consequently creativity. Even the youngest student can gain a sense of structure and a repertoire of style; high school or university students will see instant improvement in their written communication.
This program allows for easy customization, effective implementation, and concise grading. After learning it yourself, you will be able to communicate to students exactly what is expected of them as they master new skills one step at a time. You will learn how to teach your students to outline and summarize, add style to their writing, create stories, produce reports, write critiques, develop essays, analyze literature, and put into writing the information they have hidden in their brains. Assignments can be integrated with content areas of history, geography, science, religion, literature, etc.
Teaching Writing: Structure & Style is easy to implement. Simply watch the first disc of your teacher’s seminar and then present that lesson to your student. The Seminar Workbook has sample assignments and ideas to help you. Once you and your student master the material from the first disc, watch and teach another. To aid you in the teaching of the first lesson, view the Student Workshop at the appropriate level. (For more student lessons on DVD, see the Student Writing Intensives.)
About the Student Workshops:
Included with this seminar are four student workshops. Each one shows Andrew Pudewa demonstrating the first writing lesson at each of four levels. (Note: for more in-depth modeling of teaching through the entire syllabus, see the Student Writing Intensives and SWI Continuation Courses).
The Primary Workshop (Level P) teaches 1–2nd graders to create a key word outline from a short paragraph and then use the outline to write their own paragraph. Students are also taught how to use substitutes for said. (about 40 minutes)
The Elementary Workshop (Level A) shows 3–5th graders how to create a key word outline from a paragraph and then shows them how to use their outline to write. Additionally the students are taught how to “dress-up” their writing with adverbs and strong verbs. They are also shown how they can be creative by changing the details in their story and how to create a memorable title. (about 95 minutes)
The Intermediate Workshop instructs 6th–8th graders (Level B) how to create a key word outline from a short report and write a paragraph. They too are shown how to dress up their writing with adverbs, noun clauses, strong verbs and more. Choosing a title is also discussed. (about 95 minutes)
The Advanced Workshop, for grades 9 and above (Level C), not only presents how to create a key word outline from a report, but also shows students how to take notes from a live lecture. Students then learn effective ways to write their paragraph and to use these skills to study effectively. The style of using a variety of sentence openers is explained before the presentation of the writing assignment. (about 100 minutes)