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Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Think!
Listen. Speak. Read. Write. Think!

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New Blog Post: Punctuation Matters! - Many of us have seen the meme, Let’s eat Grandma! It’s a powerful reminder how a tiny little punctuation mark, the comma, imparts so much significance to a sentence. A serene little comma placed in exactly the right spot—Let’s eat, Grandma!—saves the day by encouraging Grandma to fill up her plate, rather than dictating cannibalism, thus saving her from a tragic fate.
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New Blog Post: A Poem in Honor of Fall - Fall is here! The days of summer, with its hot sun, refreshing dips in the pool, and long days of languid rest, are done. With fall comes school activities, cooler temperatures, and a return to business. Before you get too busy, though, take a moment to read this poem written by John Keats, a quintessential Romantic poet of the early nineteenth century. Slow down and savor the words. They may inspire you to linger a little longer into autumn!
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New Blog Post: A Brief Tour through the IEW Writing Units - When you teach writing with IEW®, you are constructing a solid writing foundation for your students. IEW’s writing structure is based upon nine units or structural models. But what are those models? A few weeks ago we featured a two-part blog post on how to use Teaching Writing: Structure and Style as a solo resource (Part 1 and Part 2). Today, however, we want to focus a little more on what each unit actually teaches.
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New Blog Post: Where Are They Now? Carly Torres: Confident in College
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New Blog Post: Navigating the Waters of the TWSS/SWI - When our family first dipped its toes in the proverbial waters of IEW, we started with a package that is very popular—Teaching Writing: Structure and Style and the Student Writing Intensive (in my case, Level B). Excited and a tiny bit intimidated by all of the DVDs included in the package, I brought my materials home from the homeschool convention and then wondered how and where I was to begin with all those fabulous resources. Should ...
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New Blog Post: Mastery Matters - Every student is capable of taking a journey toward becoming a confident, competent communicator. This confidence and competence in English communication comes from mastery of the language. Unfortunately, two common ideas negatively impact that journey: the belief that “difficult” study equals “better” study and the belief that innovation or self-discovery are the best places to start. While famous writers, scholars, and other communicators often have a high...
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New Blog Post: Calm in the Storm - As a member of the IEW “remote” team, I make my home near St. Augustine, Florida. It’s a beautiful city in a lovely part of the state, and I enjoy my home in paradise (especially during the mild winters!). Unfortunately coastal living isn’t always sunshine and seashells. Occasionally it brings bad weather. Recently it brought Irma.
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New Blog Post: Episode 106: However Imperfectly, Part 3 - In this final installment of "However Imperfectly," Andrew shares the last three of the seven important lessons he has learned in almost thirty years of teaching to help teachers and students alike excel in their skills, including recommendations for college and career readiness, the importance of cultivating wisdom and virtue in students, and the all-important key to teaching: love.
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New Blog Post: Customer Service Answers: Primary Arts of Language
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New Blog Post: A New Option in College Prep Testing: The Classic Learning Test
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