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Writing Essentials 2: Excellent Sentence & Paragraph Writing I (MS 6/7-2)

Help your middle school student learn how to skillfully use the specific and powerful parts of speech (nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and complete phrases), transitions, linear writing, and more in this must-have foundational writing course that goes beyond “normal” writing courses with practical writing using critical thinking (no workbooks).

Total classes: 6

Prerequisite: Each course in the 6/7 series builds upon the next. Registration in the Writing Essentials 1: Punctuation & Grammar I (MS 6/7-1) course is required so your student has all of the tools and knowledge necessary to succeed in this course. You may take the prerequisite course LIVE or in Unlimited Access (recording) before or during this course.

Suggested grade level: 7th or accelerated 6th grade

Suggested credit: One-half (½) semester Writing or English
Precede with 6/7-1 for a full semester credit. To make a full and complete year of middle school writing, sign up for the 6/7-3 and 6/7-4 courses that follow this course.

Description

This is an essential writing course for all middle school students — to make sure that your student has strong middle school writing foundations in place. Your student will learn how to create well-crafted sentences and paragraphs — including absolute “must-have” knowledge and practice for the use of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions and prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures. Your student will also cover capitalization, end punctuation, and the use of quoted material. Even if your student has learned the composition of a sentence and paragraph in elementary materials, this course uses higher-level vocabulary and structures for writing in middle school. This course can help your student finally master the details that are holding him or her back from writing well.

Outline

Class 1: Nouns, verbs, and capitalization in sentences

Class 2: Adjectives, adverbs, and end punctuation in sentences

Class 3: Prepositions, prepositional phrases, and compound sentence structures

Class 4: Using quotes in dialogue and academic writing

Class 5: Transitions and connectives in sentences

Class 6: Putting it all together: Transitions and linear sentences in paragraph writing

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: Course materials are provided FREE of charge. 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 and convert to Word documents FREE.

Homework: This course uses an estimated one (1) to three (3) hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s abilities entering the course. Homework includes readings, activities, and writing assignments that get your student thinking critically and using the content learned. All writing assignments are graded by the instructor.

Important Dates

Class Dates and Starting Times:

Mondays, October 23 to Dec. 11, 2023. No class Oct. 30 or Nov. 20.

11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

OR

Tuesdays, October 24 to Dec. 12, 2023. No class Oct. 31 or Nov. 21.

11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 Central; 9:30 Mountain; 8:30 Pacific)

OR

Wednesdays, October 25 to Dec. 13, 2023. No class Nov. 1 (All Saints Day) or Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving break).

10:00 AM Eastern (9:00 Central; 8:00 Mountain; 7:00 Pacific)

Duration per class: 50 minutes

THIS COURSE IS OFFERED LIVE
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