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High School Writing Essentials 1: Essential Punctuation & Grammar I (HS 9-1)

Get rid of punctuation and grammar struggles and learn the must-have writing skills for mastering commas, tense, colons, semicolons, dashes, ellipses, and more – and overcome punctuation and grammar mistakes for good. Take the 9-2 course with this course and gain a full semester’s credit for writing!

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 9th grade; however, all high school students are welcome.

Suggested credit: One-half (½) of a semester’s credit for Writing or English. Follow with High School Simplified Writing 1: Strong Foundational Writing Skills (HS 9-2) for one (1) full semester’s credit. Continue in the spring with HS 9-3 and HS 9-4 for a full year’s credit.

Special notes: Due to the popularity of this course, it is offered during several different time slots in the fall. Choose the day and time that works best for you. Some time slots start before Labor Day. This is the first of a four-part series. Continue with the HS 9 series (9-2, 9-3, and 9-4) for a full year’s credit for writing.


This is an essential writing course for all high school students, to solidify the use of upper-level punctuation and grammar—including mastering commas, tense, colons, semicolons, dashes, ellipses, and more. With this course, you can help your student avoid everyday writing struggles and master punctuation and grammar details that may be holding your student back. Sentence constructions move from simple to complex, to prepare your student for upper high school and college courses. Take the 9-2 course with this course and gain a full semester’s credit for writing.


Class 1: Mastering commas in a series and commas with conjunctions using complex sentences
Class 2: Mastering commas and clauses and tough constructions, including multiple ideas, connectors, and transitions
Class 3: Mastering tense, competing punctuation, quotations, dashes, and ellipses
Class 4: Sticky-pair sentence construction (if-then, not only-but also) and tough grammar in upper-level constructions
Class 5: Mastering colons and semicolons with leading sentence constructions
Class 6: Mastering tricky punctuation details, end punctuation, and the most common grammar challenges

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: The same textbook is used for all four courses in the HS 9 series:
Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets for College Success, by Erin Brown Conroy is used for all four courses in the HS 9-series. Buy the hard copy of the book here: http://amzn.to/2FMCose OR, buy the Kindle version of the book here (Download the FREE Kindle app to easily read on your computer, tablet, or mobile device): www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00B7AB90W/catholictreas-20
Microsoft Word or the ability to convert a document to a Word-compatible document is required. If you do not own Microsoft Word, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE.

Homework: Weekly quizzes are auto-graded by the computer for immediate feedback. Estimated two (2) to four (4) hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.

Important Dates

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Mondays, August 26 to October 7, 2024. No class Sept. 2 (Labor Day)
11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)


Thursdays, August 29 to October 3, 2024.
2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55 minutes

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