Essential Writing 1:
Punctuation & Grammar 1
Suggested Grade Level: 9th to 11th grade
Gain confidence & skill mastering commas, tense, colons, semicolons, dashes, ellipses, and more…
Your Course Description
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. Keep your student from struggle with the foundations this course gives, to 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.
Your Course Outline
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
Your Course Details
Total Number of Classes: Six (6)
Suggested Grade Level: 9th – 12th grade
Duration: 55 minutes
Suggested Credit: When combined with the 9-2 Course, this course is worth a full semester’s credit of writing.
- All documents are turned in as Microsoft Word documents. If you do not own Microsoft Word 2007 or a later version, you can use a system such as Google Docs that converts to Word documents FREE. Please email us if you need assistance.
- Purchase the book, Simplified Writing 101: Top Secrets for College Success, by Erin Brown Conroy
Homework: Weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for immediate student feedback. There is an estimated two to four hours per week for homework outside of class time, depending on the student’s ability.
How this course fits with your other High School Writing courses…
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** The 9-1 and 9-2 courses are consecutive courses. To create a full semester of High School Writing, be sure to sign up for the 9-2 course when you sign up for the 9-1 course.
Live, Interactive Courses
During the week, multiple course sections, times, and instructors are offered for this course. Sign up for the time and the instructor that best meets your needs. Click here to see the days and instructors for the LIVE course offerings — and to sign up for a LIVE course.
Recorded, Independent-Learning Course
When you sign up for Unlimited Access and take this recorded course, your instructor is the designer and Director of Aquinas Writing Advantage, Erin M. Brown, MA, MFA (aka author EB Conroy/Erin Brown Conroy).
Three Sign Up Options (Choose One)
1. Live, Interactive Course
Students attend a LIVE class in a virtual classroom on a specific day, at a specific time. After class (during the week), the student independently completes the coursework and weekly quizzes; the quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback. Your instructor is available for communication outside of class via email, to help answer questions. Homework time outside of class is estimated to be two to three hours per week.
2. Unlimited Access: Recorded, Independent-Learning Course
When you take the Recorded course, you will independently view the recorded video lesson and complete the coursework in the learning management system. The homework’s weekly quizzes are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback. With in-system grading provided, parents do not need to grade any work. There is an estimated two to three hours of homework/coursework per week outside of watching the weekly video lecture.
When you get “Unlimited Access,” you get 24/7 access to ALL of the writing courses — AND access to 400+ middle and high school courses, in all subject areas, for only $34.97 a month.
3. Unlimited Access with Instructor Access Grading Services
Instructor Access is an optional service for an additional fee that accompanies Unlimited Access. When you sign up for one-on-one tutoring with Instructor Access in the Punctuation and Grammar course, in addition to the weekly quizzes that are graded automatically by the computer for instant feedback, your student will receive multiple additional worksheets each week for extra practice. This is an excellent chance for your student to get one-on-one help to master punctuation and grammar. The Instructor Access instructor will grade the worksheets submitted, and there is an estimated two to three hours per week for homework for your student outside of watching the video lecture. If you’d like Instructor Access, once you sign up for Unlimited Access, you’ll receive email instructions on how to sign up.
Specific Course FAQs
Is this course required? Can I skip this course?
This course is a required foundational course for all high school students. Because the content in this program is sequential, for your student to be successful and not miss any prerequisite content, it is requested that he or she take this course LIVE or watch the videos and take the quizzes in Unlimited Access before entering any other high school course.
Can I start the 9-1 course in January?
The LIVE 9-1 and 9-2 courses are held in the Fall Semester only. If you are beginning in January (or any other time of year), simply take this course in Unlimited Access as a recorded course (with or without Instructor Access grading services).