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  • Cost: $379 or 20% off for Subscribers
  • Textbook: Discoveries In Writing (Student Book) 
  • Age/Grade: IEW Level A – The course is designed for 4th to 6th graders or those with learning differences. This engaging course requires a student to focus and interact.  Parental involvement is required.
  • Teacher: Mrs. Joann Johnson
  • Format: Live; Meets Weekly on Tuesday at 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CST; See the SKrafty Class Calendar HERE.
  • Course Dates: 8/27/24 – 5/6/25
  • Minecraft Activities: Yes
  • Graded: Yes
  • Number of Lessons: 30


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UPDATE – Orientation for IEW courses will take place at TBD. A link will be provided via email and in the Important Information section of this course. The session will be recorded and placed in the Important Information section if you are unable to make the live session, but you MUST watch before attending your first class session.  


Please join us for a live, interactive writing class.  This theme-based class will have students writing about fascinating topics such as Mount Everest, tsunamis, Bunker Hill, the Crusades, and many more. This class covers the first seven of IEW Units.  Literature suggestions are included in the book and vocabulary is covered in class. Grammar concepts are integrated with the writing instruction.

 Students receive clear, consistent writing instruction with live classes, grading, and Minecraft.  Each class can be used for a full writing credit. Your student will have a live class each week, assignments, and optional Minecraft activities. Writing assignments will be submitted via Google Docs. The live class will be recorded if students miss class.  These classes are taught using methodology by The Institute for Excellence in Writing by a teacher certified to teach with this method.  Students receive personalized feedback and a grade for every assignment.

IEW’s Structure and Style® writing method will give your student’s a toolbox so that they have confidence-building tools, which lays the groundwork for a lifetime of excellent writing. My goal is to assist your student to gain skills to confidently communicate by learning to write well, think clearly, and express themselves eloquently and persuasively.

Discoveries in Writing is a level A IEW course recommended for beginning writers, those new to IEW, or those with IEW experience in 4th – 6th grade.  This is a brand new IEW class.

Students are encouraged to actively participate by answering questions and presenting stories via microphone and webcam.  They will see and hear each other as they learn, which provides a classroom feel. Students learn how to take notes, write from their notes, and add their own style.

No previous writing experience is necessary for this class. While assignments are to be typed using Google docs by the student,  parental assistance is acceptable but do not change their words!

Students require a microphone and webcam for live class.  This class has an 8-student minimum but space is limited to provide a more personal experience.  Parents should be present with younger students and are always welcome in class. Parental involvement is required at this level. 

Course Length

This course is a two semester class using the required textbook Discoveries in Writing (Student Book). 


This class will begin on Tuesday, August 27th from 11 AM to 12:15 PM CST and will end Tuesday, May 6th.

You can view the SKrafty Course Schedule and Holidays calendar Here:

a computer with high-speed Internet connection for each student
personal headset with microphone and working camera
Assignments are turned in as a Google documents


Parents are the primary educators. My goal is to come alongside you to teach writing concepts, the grammar presented in the book,  and explain stylistic techniques while you provide the quiet learning environment, keep your students on task during class time, review lessons, edit, and ensure that coursework is properly completed and submitted.

IEW is the award-winning Structure and Style Method for teaching writing. IEW helps children succeed in communicating confidently and effectively. Rather than facing a writing prompt with the dreaded “blank page,” students are taught nine structural writing models with style in each assignment. Students will develop confidence in writing while working towards independence and creativity. The IEW methods can be applied to other assignments, too. When students write consistently, they become confident, and competent.

As an experienced IEW Certified Instructor and an Online Instructor , you can trust that I will teach the Structure and Style method with integrity.


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