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Grammar Rules I

Never misplace a comma again.

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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 this handy introductory grammar course and stuck it on the internet. In this course you'll get acquainted with all of the grammar heroes of the grammar world: coordinating conjunctions, complete sentences, subject-verb agreement, proper pronouns, and more. Perhaps you'll even become one yourself, fighting the forces of overwhelmingly bad grammar the world over. (We hear comma splice is a worthy nemesis.)

This 16-lesson course is the first of a three part series on grammar. Designed to fulfill all of the 7th grade Common Core Language standards, this course provides a good introduction to grammar to middle school students or a great refresher to older students (psst, SAT-takers).

The complete list of topics covered includes:

  • Independent and dependent clauses
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Verb Tenses
  • Pronouns
  • Modifiers
  • Prepositional phrases
  • Dangling and misplaced modifiers
  • Fixing fragments
  • Sentence variety
  • Commas, commas, commas
  • Restrictive and nonrestrictive clauses
  • Apostrophes
  • Wordiness and style

Course Breakdown

Unit 1. Grammar Rules I

This short course covers the basics of grammar and hits the 7th grade language standards to boot. You'll get cozy with subject-verb agreement, clauses, the rules of commas, and more.

Sample Lesson - Introduction

Lesson 2: Super Sentence Hero Training Camp

If we're going to save the world from unsightly grammar mistakes and defeat radioactive villains driven to plans of world destruction by lingering childhood traumas, our first job is to complete Super Sentence Hero Training Camp. That's right. We have to suit up and run the grammar obstacle course in an inspirational, Rocky-style montage before heading off to our first big fight scene.

You know you want to wear me. (Source)

The biggest part of our superhero obstacle course is, of course, figuring out the ins and outs of all the bits and pieces that make up sentences. Today, we're looking at independent and dependent clauses. These nifty tools are better known as the basic building blocks of a good sentence, so we're going to get to know them up close and oh-so-personally. Set your sentence senses to stun, with grammar mind bullets at the ready: things are about to get serious.

  • Course Length: 3 weeks
  • Grade Levels: 7
  • Course Type: Short Course
  • Category:
    • English
    • Middle School

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