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Course Description

Do you need a refresher course in basic punctuation and grammar?  Is your business writing, school writing or personal writing a disaster and you're tired of stressing over mistakes?  Improper grammar and punctuation is a sign for some people, right or wrong, that you may be less educated or less intelligent.


Your writing reflects more about your personality than you realize: it reflects your attention to detail, your education and how you think.  Even the most basic writing -- like thank-you notes and emails -- can be sabotaged by just one grammatical error.  In the business world, this can give clients the impression that you aren't careful.  If your work is as sloppy as your writing, you aren't the person they want to hire or promote.
This self-paced course will help you learn what you need to polish your grammar and punctuation skills.  Punctuation and Grammar 101 has over 13 lessons divided into two subjects which focus on grammar and punctuation topics. At the end of each lesson will be a brief quiz and/or assignment based on the lesson material.  Your knowledgeable and caring instructor will review and grade all work and you can ask questions anytime.

Isn't it time to finally master the critical writing skills of grammar and punctuation?  Best of all, you can attend the course at the times that fit your schedule.  Our system requires no special software or hardware so why not enroll today and become informed and inspired.

Course Requirements

There are no educational requirements other than a high school reading level.

Course Goals

·         Review Parts of Speech and Basic Grammar Rules

·         The role of the subject and predicate in a sentence

·         Understand the correct forms to use for nouns and pronouns

·         How to correctly use Verb Tenses and the common Irregular verbs

·         The role and different types of phrases and clauses

·         Review the forms and proper usage of Punctuation

·         The correct use of periods, commas, apostrophes, colons and semicolons, hyphens, and quotation marks

Course Materials

All course materials will be online and no outside purchases will be required.

Grading Policy

The course consists of several lessons divided into two subjects which focus on Grammar, Punctuation topics. At the end of each lesson will be brief quiz and/or assignment based on the lesson material. There are points for assignments and quizzes and class participation in forums (discussions). A percentage grade will be given based on point accumulation.

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to Grammar Section
  2. Lesson 1: Subject and Predicate
  3. Lesson 2: Nouns and Pronouns
  4. Lesson 3: Verb Tenses
  5. Lesson 4: Common Irregular Verbs
  6. Lesson 5: Adjectives and Adverbs
  7. Lesson 6: Prepositions & Prepositional Phrases
  8. Lesson 7: The Clause
  9. Introduction to Punctuation Section
  10. Lesson 8: Periods and Other End Stops
  11. Lesson 9: Commas
  12. Lesson 10: Apostrophes
  13. Lesson 11: Colons and Semicolons
  14. Lesson 12: Hyphens
  15. Lesson 13: Quotation Marks
  16. Additional Writing Resources

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use the subject and predicate.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use nouns and pronouns.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use verb tenses.
  • Identify common irregular verbs.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use adjectives and adverbs.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use prepositions and prepositional phrases.
  • Identify the clause.
  • Define, recognize, and correctly use periods, commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens, question marks, and quotation marks, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 2 Exercise: Subject Verb Agreement8
Lesson 2 Exercise: Subject and Predicate Agreement10
Lesson 2 Exam13
Lesson 3 Exercise: Pronoun Use7
Lesson 3 Exercise: Using the Correct Pronoun10
Lesson 3 Exercise: Pronoun Substitution10
Lesson 3 Exercise: Find the Subject Noun10
Lesson 3 Exam9
Lesson 4 Exercise: Find the Verb15
Lesson 4 Exercise: Simple Present Verb Tenses10
Lesson 4 Exam7
Lesson 5 Exercise: Irregular Verbs10
Lesson 6 Exercise: Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs20
Lesson 6 Exercise: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exercise: Identify the Preposition20
Lesson 7 Exam14
Lesson 8 Exam12
Your Current Punctuation Skills2
Lesson 10 Exercise: Sentence Punctuation10
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exercise: Comma Usage10
Lesson 11 Exam14
Lesson 12 Exercise: Using Apostrophes10
Lesson 12 Exam12
Lesson 13 Exam9
Lesson 14 Exercise: Hyphen Usage10
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Exam8
Total Points:409

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