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Sentence Writing Essentials: Grammar, Punctuation, and Editing Basics Self-Paced

Curious Together Arts and Humanities
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This class focuses on sentence level mechanics. In about one hour a week, students will develop both a foundational understanding of how sentences work and confidence in communicating clear, complex, and complete ideas.

Class experience

US Grade 6 - 9
12 lessons//12 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
“Good” sentences (overview + intro)
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Actions (verbs/ identifying the predicate)
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Agents (identifying the subject)
 Week 4
Lesson 4
Complete thoughts (Clauses, Phrases, and Fragments)
 Week 5
Lesson 5
“Too Long” Sentences (Run-ons)
 Week 6
Lesson 6
“Too Short” Sentences (avoiding choppiness + building complexity)
 Week 7
Lesson 7
Understanding the comma
 Week 8
Lesson 8
Active vs. Passive voice
 Week 9
Lesson 9
“Strong” vs. “Weak” verbs
 Week 10
Lesson 10
Clarity and Concision (removing fluff and vague language)
 Week 11
Lesson 11
Order matters (arranging information on a sentence level)
 Week 12
Lesson 12
Misc punctuation
  • Because of the structure of the class and opportunities for individualized feedback, this class can benefit a wide variety of ages and abilities–such as: -Students who struggle with understanding and composing grammatically correct sentences. This is a great place to break down and demystify what makes a sentence complete or incomplete, as well as learning basic rules of grammar and punctuation. -Students who may have a lot of intuitive knowledge of the way a sentence should look or sound, but not a firm grasp of WHY. For these students, there is a lot of value in reinforcing foundational knowledge, and using that to pursue more complexity and intentional development in their writing. -Students who need just a quick refresher on basics of grammar and mechanics–and some opportunities to practice sentence level revision.
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Joined December, 2020
Teacher expertise and credentials
Bachelor's Degree in History
Chris Hurley
Bachelor's Degree in Music/Theater/Arts
Maggie Wehler
Bachelor's Degree in Music/Theater/Arts
Kevin Anthony Catalan
Bachelor's Degree in Foreign Language
Daniel Grissom, M.A.
Bachelor's Degree
Daniel Grissom, M.A.
Master's Degree
Chris Hurley
Master's Degree in Education
Daniel Grissom, M.A.
Massachusetts Teaching Certificate - Social Studies/History
Chris Hurley
NorthCarolina Teaching Certificate - English/Language Arts
Daniel Grissom, M.A.
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Self-Paced Class


weekly or $187 for all content
12 pre-recorded lessons
12 weeks of teacher support
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1 year of access to the content

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Ages: 11-15

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