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Grammar Rules II

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The internet is a scary place for grammar; it's chock-full of grammar villains: comma splices, fragments, misplaced modifiers. So that's why we've designed a few handy introductory courses and stuck them on the internet.

In the first course (Grammar Rules I), you were acquainted with the grammar heroes of the grammar world. In this course (Grammar Rules II: The Return), we get deeper into the wild world of grammar as we meet verbals, participles, active and passive voice, ellipses, and more. We like to think of these as a few tools for your grammar hero utility belt.

This course is the second of a three part series on grammar. Designed to fulfill all of the 8th grade Common Core Language standards, this course builds upon introductory knowledge to help both middle school students and older students develop more complex grammar skills and begin to write with style.

The complete list of topics covered includes:

  • Verbals (gerunds, participles, and infinitives)
  • Active and passive voice
  • Mood (indicative, interrogative, conditional, subjunctive, etc.)
  • Verb choice and consistency
  • Comma, dash, and ellipsis use
  • Writing for sense and style

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. Grammar Rules II

This course takes off the training wheels and exposes students to intermediate English grammar concepts, including verbals, voice, mood, verb consistency, and "pausing punctuation."

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 1: Grammar Knowledge Bombs Away

Wizards and Gerunds and Needy Clauses, oh my! This review has a lot to cover, and at first it might look intimidating, but in reality, this is almost all going to be stuff you know anyway, so don't sweat it. It's like walking: you know how to walk (or perhaps roll), but if a bizarre stranger for some reason felt the need to tell you about every muscle movement required to actually do it, it would seem impossible. What we're saying is, don't sweat the muscle movements here—focus on walking (or rolling) to the store for that afternoon smoothie you're so fond of.

Fill 'er up, boss.

Walking and smoothies aside, though, you never know when you might stumble upon that one little light bulb moment among all of the drabness, like when that same bizarre stranger for some reason mentions socks (as one does), and then you're all, "Oh! They go under the shoes! That makes so much more sense now!" Review sessions like this one right here are goldmines for those little moments. Also, we won't tell anyone about the socks. That part was tricky for us, too.

For some, this review would be intimidating, like aiming a firehose at a thimble. But not for you, young Padawan. No, for you, this will be but another wisdom-thimble in the vast ocean that is your knowledge, so let's not waste any more time.

  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 8
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • English
    • Middle School
  • Prerequisites:
    Grammar Rules I

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