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

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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. 

Writing basics 101This self-paced, stress-free course was developed not only for students wanting to improve their basic writing skills, but also for business writers, creative writers and office staff wanting to improve poor work related writing and avoid embarrassing their boss and themselves.

Our innovative course is designed as a refresher course for those who need to brush up on their skills and 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.
And because the course is online 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 questions and provide guidance.  Why not join us, learn at your own pace and your own schedule and reap the benefits?
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  • Lesson 1. Introduction

    The introduction to this course will begin by first examining why proper grammar and spelling are important.
  • Lesson 2. The Basic Rules of Spelling

    This lesson describes how to turn singular words to plural and the exceptions to the rule.
  • Lesson 3. Commonly Misspelled Words

    This is a list of some of the most common and frequently misspelled words.
  • Lesson 4. Plural Forms for Names, Compound Words, and Numbers

    This lesson explains how to form plurals with some examples.
  • Lesson 5. Understanding "ie" Versus"ei" and Other Spelling Dilemmas

    This lesson presents the basic explanation of when to use "ie" and "ei".
  • Lesson 6. Prefix and Suffix Rules

    This lesson explains the basics of adding prefixes and suffixes including some exceptions to the rule.
  • Lesson 7. Common Prefixes and Suffixes

    This lesson gives a list of the most common add-ons to root words and their meanings.
  • Lesson 8. Homonyms

    This lesson lists some of the most commonly used words that sound alike but have totally different meanings.
  • Lesson 9. Subject and Predicate

    This lesson defines what a subject and predicate are and how they are used in sentences.
  • Lesson 10. Verb Tenses

    This lesson defines the different types of verb tenses from simple to future perfect progressive.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 12. Adjectives and Adverbs

    This lesson explains the definitions of adjectives and adverbs and the different degrees for modifying them.
  • Lesson 13. The Phrase

    This lesson describes the use of prepositions in forming sentences.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 15. Periods and Other End Stops

    This lesson describes when to use periods, exclamation marks, and question marks.
  • Lesson 16. Commas

    This lesson explains when and where commas are used in sentences.
  • Lesson 17. Apostrophes

    This lesson covers the basic rules when adding an apostrophe and some exceptions.
  • Lesson 18. Colons and Semicolons

    This lesson gives the basic rules for using colons and semicolons in a sentence.
  • Lesson 19. Hyphens

    This lesson describes when and how to use hyphens and when they are essential.
  • Lesson 20. Quotation Marks

    This lesson explains how to use quotation marks properly in text.
  • Lesson 21. Refining Your Sentences

    This lesson explains how to use phrases and compound sentences to make your writing interesting.
  • Lesson 22. Paragraph Structure

    This lesson explains proper paragraph structure with topic and concluding sentences.
  • Lesson 23. Types of Paragraphs

    This lesson explains the difference between narrative and descriptive and expository paragraphs.
  • Lesson 24. Writing Dialogue

    This lesson explains the importance of the structure and flow of dialogue.
  • Lesson 25. Proofreading and Revising Your Writing

    We'll review proofreading and techniques for revising to better improve your writing.
  • Lesson 26. Additional Grammar and Writing Resources

    Additional grammar and writing resources

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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
Course Type: General Education
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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
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Course Fee: $65.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $90.00
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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.
Introduction AssignmentAssignment1
Lesson 2 ExamExam10
Spelling 3-1 ExerciseExam20
Spelling 3-2 ExerciseExam15
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise AExam20
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise BExam15
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise CExam20
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise DExam15
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise EExam10
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise FExam20
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise GExam20
Lesson 4 Spelling Exercise HExam7
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise AExam20
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise BExam9
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise CExam20
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise DExam15
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise EExam10
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise FExam15
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise GExam20
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise HExam19
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise IExam9
Lesson 5 Spelling Exercise JExam8
Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise AExam10
Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise BExam20
Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise CExam20
Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise DExam20
Lesson 6 Spelling Exercise EExam12
Lesson 7 Spelling Exercise AExam20
Lesson 7 Spelling Exercise BExam20
Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise AExam20
Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise BExam10
Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise CExam17
Lesson 8 Spelling Exercise DExam10
Spelling Test 9 - Subject-Verb AgreementExam10
Lesson 9 ExamExam10
Lesson 10.1 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 10.2 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 10 ExamExam6
Lesson 11 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 11 ExamExam11
Lesson 12 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 12 ExamExam12
Lesson 13 ExamExam14
Lesson 14 ExamExam11
Lesson 15 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 15 ExamExam10
Lesson 16 ExamExam19
Lesson 17 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 17 ExamExam12
Lesson 18 ExamExam8
Lesson 19 ExamExam9
Lesson 20 ExamExam8
Lesson 21 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 21.2 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 21.3 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 22.1 Assignment - Paragraph WritingAssignment20
Lesson 22.2 Assignment - Paragraph WritingAssignment20
Lesson 23 Assignment - Narrative ParagraphAssignment20
Lesson 23.2 Assignment - Descriptive ParagraphAssignment20
Lesson 23.3 AssignmentAssignment20
Lesson 24 Assignment - Dialogue WritingAssignment20
Lesson 24.2 Assignment - Dialogue WritingAssignment20
Lesson 25 AssignmentAssignment10
Final Assignment - Three Paragraph EssayAssignment25
The Final ExamExam74
Total Points:1006

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  • "What a great instructor. I'm very impressed with her turn-around time--she's on the ball!" -- Kari U.
  • "The instructor was very pleasant and encouraging. The grammar and punctuation was the most helpful. However, the quizzes and assignments helped to pinpoint my weaknesses." -- Dana E.
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