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Grammar Rules II

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Course Description

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

Technology Requirements

  • A word processing program.
  • All other work can be done on the Shmoop website.

Required Skills

Students should have knowledge of the concepts covered in our Grammar Rules I course (Common Core language requirements through 7th grade), including clauses, parts of speech, basic comma and punctuation use, subject-verb agreement, etc.

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."

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

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