When you ask most homeschoolers about Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW as many know it) you will most likely hear great things. This company has been a great tool that homeschoolers use a lot of.
IEW was founded by Andrew Pudewa. Another name that many homeschoolers have grown to love. We were blessed to have heard him in person at our local homeschool convention. As a matter of fact it was our very first convention we attended.
We were sent Teaching the Classics to review. This product is created by Institute for Excellence in Writing. It sells for $89.
The lecturer, Adam Andrews, used short stories to teach how to characters, plots and the themes of the short stories he was discussing. I honestly believe that this will indeed be a blessing to me for years to come. I will not only be able to teach the classics now to my children but it will help me study and teach scripture as well.
The seminar is recorded onto 4 DVD's. I found myself putting the DVD into my computer and going about my business. I listened to it while I did my daily tasks. I often found myself going to the computer and rewinding it so I could hear something again. I filled in the workbook when I had a chance. It was usually after the kids had gone to bed and I was waiting on hubby to get home from work. It was a great time for me to reflect on what I had learned.
The seminar is broken up into 6 different sessions:
Preparing for Literary Analysis (about an hour and a half)
Plot and Conflict (almost an hour)
Setting (hour and a half)
Character (about 45 minutes)
Theme (almost an hour and a half)
Practicum, Scope and Sequence (almost an hour)
These lectures would be suitable for teachers of all abilities. I have no formal training as a teacher. Everything I've learned has been on my own. I highly suggest this to anyone interested in teaching the classics. Even if you have no interest in teaching the classics you will still get a lot out of this seminar!
If you would like to see a little clip of the seminar you can view it HERE.
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