2024-2025 School Year

IEW 1 Introductory Middle School Writing 7th & 8th Grade GVL

Monday and Wednesday

*This is an introductory course for students new to UHC who have not completed our IEW 1 sixth-grade class. It also is for students who may have taken some IEW classes on the elementary level but did not take IEW 1 in sixth grade at UHC as well as students who may need an additional year of IEW1.


Course Description

This class will require daily parent supervision/teaching. We will be teaching with Structure and Style for Students: Year 1, Level B from IEW. Research has shown that if our students can write well by the end of junior high, they will be more successful in all areas of high school work. Since mastery of structure and style is the purpose of this course, use this program across your own curriculum to fit your child’s individual needs.

Additionally, we will work on editing and grammar skills using the IEW Fix-It program, Fix It! Mowgli and Shere Khan, Student Book. Teachers will introduce new concepts each week, and parents will complete the grammar and editing assignments with their students at home each week. Students will spend an average of 15 minutes per day, on non-co-op days, at home on Fix It! assignments.

Parents may need guidance working through the Fix It curriculum at home, and if so will need to purchase the teacher’s manual. To learn more about this unique grammar and editing program please watch “How IEW’s Fix It! Grammar Program Works.”

To be successful in this class:

Students need to be working on IEW material every weekday (45 -60 min daily) in order to obtain mastery. Assignments will be given on the material presented in class. All assignments will be due the following week. Parents will be given different checklists during this course. You are to use these to grade your child’s work. (The students should read the checklist and actually check off all items for the assignment.) The parent should make sure the final copy is completed and then sign or initial the checklist.  If you know your child will miss a class, contact the teacher to make plans to work through the material with your student at home.  Course content will be presented in class; however, you are the primary teacher!


Grades: 7th Grade, 8th Grade

Fees: $360 per year (2 Day Model), plus $3 Curriculum/Material Fee


Parent must purchase The Institute for Excellence in Writing: Teaching Writing: Structure and Style Seminar and Practicum Workbook, 2nd Edition (the teacher notebook is sufficient–parents do not need to buy the DVDs) and must attend the summer UHC Parent/Teacher Training for IEW.  IEW parent training is a mandatory requirement if you have a student enrolled in an IEW class.


Sections Offered: 3rd and 4th Hour (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Required Materials

(Available through Lifelong Learning Resources or directly from IEW, www.excellenceinwriting.com.)

Parent Text:

Student Text:

Recommended Material:

Other Materials:

  • Plenty of notebook paper and pencils and/or pens

3rd and 4th Hour (Mondays and Wednesdays)

Meet Malissa Kittrell

Education: Elementary Education Degree from North Greenville University

Teaching experience: Taught in public school for eight years.

Certifications: Elementary and Early Childhood Education

UHC courses taught:

  • IEW 4th Grade
  • IEW 1 (7th/8th Grades)

Began teaching at UHC in 2023