Grammar and Composition A contains an overview of grammar and an introduction to basic composition. Beginning with words and progressing to sentences, paragraphs, and complete composition, this course encourages the student to organize, to use good transitions, to revise, and to edit. It covers punctuation, grammar as it affects sentence fluidity, and correct sentence structure.

Grammar and Composition B contains an introduction to voice, word choice, and presentation in composition. Writing is based on personal experience as well as reaction to readings reached from Internet links. This part of the course provides an introduction to the research paper, culminating in the student producing his or her own paper. Working through this course will add to the student’s understanding of the elements and process of English grammar and composition since the course stresses critical thinking and provides writing practice with many opportunities to hone skills in various situations.

PRE-REQUISITES: None

ESTIMATED COMPLETION TIME: 32-36 weeks or approximately 125 – 135 hours

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT A

Ideas-What’s My Topic

  • Identifying a Writing Topic
  • Narrowing the Writing Topic
  • Developing the Writing Topic
  • Applying Details to Writing
  • Developing a Writing Topic Across Content Areas
  • Writing as a Response
  • Developing Peer Responses
  • Transitioning from Topic to Essay

Writing-Organization

  • Develop a Clear Thesis: according to purpose, topic and audience
  • Create an Engaging Introduction
  • Use Sequence and Transition Words
  • Structure the Body of the Essay
  • Edit and Revise to Improve Writing
  • Creating an Interesting Ending That Incorporates a Resolution

Sentence Fluency

  • Sentence Fragments
  • Run On Sentences
  • Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement
  • Modifiers
  • Transitions
  • Misused Words
  • Editing

Conventions

  • Spelling 1
  • Spelling 2
  • Punctuation 1
  • Punctuation 2
  • Capitalization 1
  • Capitalization 2
  • Grammar and Usage 1
  • Grammar and Usage 2
  • Paragraphing 1

MAJOR TOPICS AND CONCEPTS — SEGMENT B

Using Your Voice

  • What is Voice?
  • Establishing Tone.
  • What’s My Tone?
  • Conveying Your Purpose.
  • Making a Connection.
  • Stretching Your Voice.
  • Changing Your Voice.
  • Using Figurative Language.

Word Choice

  • The Importance of Word Choice
  • Applying Strong Verbs
  • Using Striking Words and Phrases
  • Being Purposeful About Words
  • Words That Add Meaning
  • Purposely Improving Your Vocabulary

Presentation

  • The Importance of Presentation
  • Typing Tips
  • White Space (Margins)
  • Text Formatting
  • Page Numbering
  • Headers
  • Illustrations
  • Neatness

Research

  • Plagiarism
  • Choosing Your Topic
  • Crafting Your Thesis
  • Gathering Source Materials
  • Outline
  • Note cards
  • The Rough Draft
  • Revising
  • Citations
  • Works Cited Page

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SEGMENT A

SEGMENT B