This is the Institute for Excellence in Writing's "flagship course" which teaches the nine structural models (units), and the stylistic techniques (dress-ups, openers, decorations, triplets) of the Blended Sound-Sight writing program. It contains both fiction/creative and non-fiction models, allowing a teacher to easily integrate the practice of composition into the study of history, science, and literature.
Ideal for parents, teachers, and tutors working with students in grades two through ten, this two day seminar presents in detail the concepts, teaching strategies, and practice exercises needed for a thorough understanding of how to implement this program in the classroom or home school.
This product is comprised of two pieces: the Structure & Style Notebook and the 10-disc DVD case. The ten discs include six DVDs of the recording of the seminar for a teacher, three discs of sample classes from the Student Writing Intensives for different ages, and the Tips & Tricks DVD. The notebook does not stand alone, as it is designed to be a companion to a live or recorded presentation of the Excellence in Writing seminar, or as an introduction and supplement to Dr. Webster's Blended Structure & Style in Composition (a Canadian text).
To take this course, you'll need a DVD player and a pen. To teach it, you'll want a thesaurus, and you'll need a collection of short (one-paragraph) stories or articles, at or slightly below your student's reading level (a short list of possibilities is offered below). You might also want to acquire a copy of Dr. Webster's text, as it has numerous helps and more information than this course offers.