Writing Basics 101: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Structures


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  • 26
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  • 72
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  • 29
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Course Description

Most of us learned spelling and grammar in elementary school and brushed up on the rules occasionally in junior high or middle school.  Once we entered high school, it was assumed we knew and remembered all of the essentials -- and slowly we discovered that although there were some rules we just had to look up, we simply stopped worrying about "the minor details." It's time to relearn those "minor details" that can help you write and read more effectively.  But it's hard to fix something unless you know how it works. 

This self-paced, stress-free course is designed for students wanting to improve their basic writing skills as well as for business writers, creative writers and office staff wanting to improve poor work-related writing (and avoid embarrassing their bosses and themselves).

Our innovative course is designed as a refresher course for those who need to brush up on their skills and as a reference for anyone who wants to be able to look up the rules for confusing grammatical questions quickly and easily.  After you've reviewed the basic rules of grammar and spelling, you can move on to the lessons on writing style for tips on improving your sentence and paragraph structure, how to polish your writing and how to avoid common errors.
 
Although this course is completely online, it doesn't mean that you'll be left on your own.  The instructor will be grading assignments and tests and is available through email to answer any questions and provide guidance.  Why not join us, learn at your own pace and your own schedule and reap the benefits?

The Importance of Proper Grammar and Punctuation

Try reading a paragraph that has had all the punctuation removed and you'll soon realize just how crucial it is.  Thoughts run up against each other, you aren't sure where one sentence or phrase begins and another one ends. Chaos reigns in the thoughts you had organized so carefully!   

Good grammar and spelling also reflect on you personally.  Consider a major term paper written by two students, one with poor grammar and another who is a stickler for the details. With the value and accuracy of the information being equal, any professor will grade the paper with poor grammar or spelling lower.  Why?  Because not only is it simply not correct, but it tells the professor that the writer didn't bother to take the time to make sure his work was the best it could be.  Reading a paper that is poorly organized and difficult to understand because of grammar mistakes is also very frustrating for the reader, more time has to be spent on deciphering the intended meaning and less time is spent on appreciating it.   

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 do business with. 

Finally, improper use of grammar and spelling is a sign, whether right or wrong, that you may be less educated or less intelligent than you actually are.  Your writing reflects so much more about your personality, attention to detail, and focus than most people are aware of; this course will help you learn just what you need to polish your writing to perfection. 
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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. Introduction

The introduction to this course will begin by first examining why proper grammar and spelling are important. 1 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Video: Parts of Speech Lesson
  • Complete: Introduction Assignment

Lesson 2. The Basic Rules of Spelling

This lesson describes how to turn singular words to plural and the exceptions to the rule. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: 10 Tips to improve your spelling
  • Take Poll: Personal Spelling Average
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Commonly Misspelled Words

This is a list of some of the most common and frequently misspelled words. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 14 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: Commonly confused words-; Commonly misspelled words
  • Take Poll: Spelling Resources
  • Complete: Spelling 3-1 Exercise
  • Complete: Spelling 3-2 Exercise

Lesson 4. Plural Forms for Names, Compound Words, and Numbers

This lesson explains how to form plurals with some examples. 127 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 4 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: How to Form Plurals of Compound Nouns; How to Use Apostrophes Correctly
  • Review Video: English lesson and exercises ing forms, spelling rules and grammar
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise A
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise B
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise C
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise D
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise E
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise F
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise G
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise H

Lesson 5. Understanding "ie" Versus"ei" and Other Spelling Dilemmas

This lesson presents the basic explanation of when to use "ie" and "ei". 145 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise A
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise B
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise C
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise D
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise E
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise F
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise G
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise H
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise I
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise J

Lesson 6. Prefix and Suffix Rules

This lesson explains the basics of adding prefixes and suffixes including some exceptions to the rule. 82 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Attaching Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise A
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise B
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise C
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise D
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise E

Lesson 7. Common Prefixes and Suffixes

This lesson gives a list of the most common add-ons to root words and their meanings. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: Test your proofreading and Spelling skills
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Spelling Exercise A
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Spelling Exercise B

Lesson 8. Homonyms

This lesson lists some of the most commonly used words that sound alike but have totally different meanings. 56 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: Homophones/Homonyms; List of 100 Homonyms
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise A
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise B
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise C
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise D

Lesson 9. Subject and Predicate

This lesson defines what a subject and predicate are and how they are used in sentences. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 3 Articles: Subject/Verb Agreement; Subject and Predicate; Subject/Predicate Exercises
  • Review Video: Subject and Predicate
  • Take Poll: Rate Your Grammar Skills
  • Complete Exam: Spelling Test 9 - Subject-Verb Agreement
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Verb Tenses

This lesson defines the different types of verb tenses from simple to future perfect progressive. 41 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review 14 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Video: English Grammar -- Present Simple -- Structure
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exercise: Find the Verb
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exercise: Simple Present Verb Tenses
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exercise: Irregular Verbs
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Nouns and Pronouns

This lesson defines what a noun and pronoun are, the different types of pronouns and pronoun cases. Also, the correct usage of who and whom. 49 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review 5 Practice Worksheets
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exercise: Find the Subject Noun
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exercise: Using the Correct Pronoun
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exercise: Pronoun Substitution
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exercise: Correct Pronoun Use
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12. Adjectives and Adverbs

This lesson explains the definitions of adjectives and adverbs and the different degrees for modifying them. 42 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Review 7 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Additional Examples of Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exercise: Identifying Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exercise: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives
  • Complete: Lesson 12 Exam

Lesson 13. The Phrase

This lesson describes the use of prepositions in forming sentences. 34 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-WordSearch-Activity-7110.pdf
  • Review Article: Self-Test on Prepositional Phrases
  • Review 2 Videos: Identifying Prepositional Phrases; Grammar and Mechanics
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exercise: Identify the Preposition
  • Complete: Lesson 13 Exam

Lesson 14. The Clause

This lesson describes the difference between an independent clause and a subordinate clause and the proper usage of that and which. 11 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Review 2 Articles: Difference Between That and Which; Independent VS Dependent Clauses
  • Complete: Lesson 14 Exam

Lesson 15. Periods and Other End Stops

This lesson describes when to use periods, exclamation marks, and question marks. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-Grammar_Punctuation_Wk_2.pdf
  • Review 2 Articles: Periods and Other End Stops; The Proper Use Of The Period And Other End Marks
  • Take Poll: Rate Your Punctuation Skills
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exercise: Sentence Punctuation
  • Complete: Lesson 15 Exam

Lesson 16. Commas

This lesson explains when and where commas are used in sentences. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 16 Video
  • Review 2 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Comma Use Exercise
  • Complete: Lesson 16 Exam

Lesson 17. Apostrophes

This lesson covers the basic rules when adding an apostrophe and some exceptions. 22 Total Points
  • Lesson 17 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Apostrophe Use Exercise; Apostrophe Rules
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exercise: Using Apostrophes
  • Complete: Lesson 17 Exam

Lesson 18. Colons and Semicolons

This lesson gives the basic rules for using colons and semicolons in a sentence. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 18 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Commas vs. semicolons exercises; Semicolon and Colon Rules
  • Complete: Lesson 18 Exam

Lesson 19. Hyphens

This lesson describes when and how to use hyphens and when they are essential. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 19 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Hyphens; How to use Hypens in Your Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exercise: Hyphen Usage
  • Complete: Lesson 19 Exam

Lesson 20. Quotation Marks

This lesson explains how to use quotation marks properly in text. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 20 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: optional-GrammarPunctuation_Wk_1.pdf
  • Review Article: Quotation mark exercises
  • Complete: Lesson 20 Exam

Lesson 21. Refining Your Sentences

This lesson explains how to use phrases and compound sentences to make your writing interesting. 50 Total Points
  • Lesson 21 Video
  • Review 6 Practice Worksheets
  • Review Article: Compound Subjects, Verbs, and Sentences
  • Review Video: The 20 Most Common Grammar and Mechanical Errors
  • Take Poll: Writing Expertise
  • Complete: Lesson 21 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 21.2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 21.3 Assignment

Lesson 22. Paragraph Structure

This lesson explains proper paragraph structure with topic and concluding sentences. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 22 Video
  • Review Article: Writing exercises for paragraph building
  • Review Video: Top 10 Essay Writing Tips
  • Complete: Lesson 22.1 Assignment - Paragraph Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 22.2 Assignment - Paragraph Writing

Lesson 23. Types of Paragraphs

This lesson explains the difference between narrative and descriptive and expository paragraphs. 60 Total Points
  • Lesson 23 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Paragraph Writing Exercise; Seven Types of Paragraphs
  • Complete: Lesson 23 Assignment - Narrative Paragraph
  • Complete: Lesson 23.2 Assignment - Descriptive Paragraph
  • Complete: Lesson 23.3 Assignment

Lesson 24. Writing Dialogue

This lesson explains the importance of the structure and flow of dialogue. 40 Total Points
  • Lesson 24 Video
  • Review Article: Seven Keys to Writing Good Dialogue
  • Complete: Lesson 24 Assignment - Dialogue Writing
  • Complete: Lesson 24.2 Assignment - Dialogue Writing

Lesson 25. Proofreading and Revising Your Writing

We'll review proofreading and techniques for revising to better improve your writing. 35 Total Points
  • Lesson 25 Video
  • Review 3 Practice Worksheets
  • Take Poll: Editing
  • Complete: Lesson 25 Assignment
  • Complete: Final Assignment - Three Paragraph Essay

Lesson 26. Additional Grammar and Writing Resources

Additional grammar and writing resources 74 Total Points
  • Take Poll: What is your opinion of this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: The Final Exam
1088
Total Course Points
 

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define the basic rules of spelling.
  • Recognize commonly misspelled words.
  • Demonstrate proper use of plural forms for names, compound words and numbers.
  • Recognize 'ie' versus 'ei' and other spelling dilemmas.
  • Define prefix and suffix rules.
  • Identify common prefixes and suffixes.
  • Define homonyms.
  • Identify subject and predicate and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify verb tenses and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify nouns and pronouns and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify adjectives and adverbs and demonstrate using them properly.
  • Identify the phrase and clause and use them correctly.
  • Identify and properly use periods, commas, apostrophes, colons, semicolons, hyphens, and quotation marks.
  • Refine your sentence writing, identify types of paragraphs and form paragraphs correctly.
  • Demonstrate correct writing of dialogue.
  • Proofread and revise your writing, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 

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Course Title: Writing Basics 101: Spelling, Grammar, Punctuation, Writing Structures
Course Number: 7550406
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education (Self-Paced, Online Class)
CEU Value: 2.9 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Daphnee St.Val
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  • "This course is a great thing for working people, the instructor was always there to help, answer questions, and encourage me." -- Wanda B.
  • "The lesson on sentence structure was most helpful. Earlier on in my education, I did not have the opportunity to dissect sentences by naming the parts--the adjective, pronoun, prepositional phrases, etc. Having to learn grammar all over again, was a challenge." -- Darilyn C.
  • "Punctuation lessons was the most helpful. Apparently I have been using semi-colons when I should have been using colons all these years!" -- Karen N.
  • "I really enjoyed this class and I look forward to taking another class next year." -- Andrea M.
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