Each level (A, B, or C) presumes no previous experience; levels differ mainly in the type of source texts used, speed of presentation, and sophistication of vocabulary. Choose the level based on your child’s age and maturity rather than writing ability, and if you wish to use the SWI with children of mixed ages, you can generally select level B, “shooting for the middle.” Even students with little writing experience can immediately enjoy Andrew’s humor and realize that the process is not so overwhelming as they learn techniques to create a more enjoyable finished composition. Their concept of writing as being “too hard” changes; they now have the tools for success!
With lesson plans and reinforcement exercises built right in, you'll know exactly which portion of the disc to watch for each lesson and which writing assignments to give your students.
Please note: If you are using the Student Writing Intensive Level B with students at multiple grade levels, you can find reinforcement assignments for Level A students (3–5 grade) on the IEW website.