High School Essay Intensive ~ A Homeschool Crew Review

Writing, the one thing that Moe Man does not like to do, or at least not for school. I have tried everything with little to no luck. That is until Andrew Pudewa and his team at the Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW). We have been able to move forward with the products that IEW provides and we took the leap into the High School Essay Intensive writing program to help Moe Man with his essay writing skills.

High School Essay Intensive is not a full language arts curriculum. Rather this is a great supplement for high school students who are looking to work on their essay skills or even to prepare for the ACT Essay. There is no set schedule, not even a suggested schedule. Instead, your child is free to use this in any way that works for them!

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Included in this high school writing program are 5 DVDs (6.5 hours) from which your child will watch the lectures (well, discussions) from Andrew on the strategies and styles of essays. We also got a code to have access to video streaming if you would have a time when you would not be able to be next to a DVD player. There are handouts that go along with the videos to help your child in the note taking process and the Portable Walls for the Essayist.

This program is broken down into four parts.

Part 1A: General Strategies for Essay Writing: Length and Structure

  • Initial Exercise
  • A Hurt and Rescue Operation  
  • What is an essay?
  • Two Questions Writers Need to Ask
  • Translating Assignment Length to Paragraphs
  • Types of Paragraph
  • The TRIAC Paragraph Model
  • Essay Models

Part 1B: General Strategies for Essay Writing: Invention and Style

  • Canons of Rhetoric
  • Invention
  • Practicing Common Topics of Invention
  • Practice with TRIAC Outline
  • Style
  • Sentence Patterns
  • Literary Devices: Schemes and Tropes
  • Practice with Sentence Openers and Figures of Speech

Part 2: Understanding and Preparing for the New ACT® Essay

  • ACT General Guidelines
  • The Assignment
  • Strategies for Planning
  • Strategies for Writing
  • Strategies for Proofing

Part 3: Understanding and Preparing for the Redesigned SAT® Essay

  • General Guidelines
  • The Assignment
  • Annotating
  • Handy Annotation System
  • Annotating Practice
  • Strategies for Planning
  • Strategies for Writing
  • Using Effective Vocabulary
  • Strategies for Proofing

Part 4: Strategies for the Personal Essay

  • General Guidelines
  • Sample Essay Prompts
  • Strategies for Planning: Pop out from the Crowd
  • Strategies for Writing, Editing, and Proofreading
  • A Not-So-Secret Secret   
  • Final Practice
  • Concluding Comments
  • Last Bits of Advice for Life

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Being broken down in this way, you are able to see where your child needs to be and go from there. We started with Part One with Moe Man since I knew he had some work to do. This was simple and easy to add into our day, or not depending on the day. Some days I would have Moe Man work on more, but other days we would just talk about what he had learned so far.

Now that we have finished both parts of Part One, Moe Man is ready to work on writing an essay with some knowledge of what he is doing. My goal is to have him work on the Personal Essay in Part Four next, and we will be able to finish up with the ACT and SAT Essays.

Moe Man has always loved listening to Andrew talk. And when I say he loves to listen, he actually listens! This alone makes me love these programs. But seeing what Moe Man learns makes it even better! Having handouts that are easy to fill out while watching the DVDs gives Moe Man the confidence to know that he is learning and can do something like write an essay.

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We are in love with the High School Essay Intensive writing program from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, and yes, I would recommend this to any high school student who needs to work on their ability to write an essay, or for those who are getting ready for the ACT or SAT Essay.

High School Essay Intensive {Institute for Excellence in Writing Reviews}

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