These lessons teach the fundamental skills for writing sentences, paragraphs and longer texts. Lessons are available in 3 levels and cover the following skills:
- Sentence Structure
- Writing Paragraphs
- Writing Essays
- Writing in the Workplace
- Writing Research Papers
Becoming a Better Speller
Why is spelling so important? When we use correct spelling, we create clear messages that readers can understand. Memorizing how to spell different words can be useful, but there are many other strategies that can help you. In this course you will learn about
- phonics and grammar rules that affect spelling
- syllables, and how they help you sound out difficult words
- the difference between possessives and contractions
Note: This is not a 'learn to spell' course. This course will help you improve your spelling skills. Learners will also need good reading skills to manage the lessons.
Creative Writing: Telling Your Story
Sometimes we forget that writing can be a joy. Through a series of fun writing exercises and inspirational readings, you’ll remember (or discover) how much fun Creative Writing can be! You’ll gather useful tips on how to make your personal stories and journal entries more interesting and readable. You’ll also learn how to create a character, how to plan a fictional story, and how to structure your story to entice your reader. Clear lessons and printable worksheets will help you brush up on word choice, sentence structure, sentence variation, and punctuation. As well, you’ll be guided to try new methods of proofreading and editing your work. The topics and practice components in this course can also be used as preparation to write the GED.
This course includes parts of speech, including nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs, using music and rhymes to help your memory and games to practise what you've learned. Each unit introduces the part of speech with videos, reinforces learning with games and finishes off with a quiz to give learners an idea of what they've learned. In the last unit, all of the parts of speech are put together with a lesson on simple sentences.
Writing an Essay
If you are working toward a high school credit or assessment or preparing to write the GED test, you need to know how to write an essay. In this course, you will
- identify parts of a 5 paragraph essay
- read writing prompts and learn how to answer them
- use strategies like brainstorming and organizing to plan your essay
- draft your own thesis statement as well as introduction, body and concluding paragraphs
- revise and edit your essay draft
Don't let essays scare you! Take this course and learn the skills, step by step.
Essential Grammar 1: Punctuation
Essential Grammar is a three-part series. These classes teach the basic grammar rules that will improve your writing today! In this class, we review common punctuation marks such as periods, commas, colons, semi-colons, apostrophes, question marks and exclamation marks. Learn when to use them as we work through examples together.
Essential Grammar 2: Parts of Speech
Essential Grammar is a three-part series. These classes teach the basic grammar rules that will improve your writing today! In this class, we talk about parts of speech. These are categories of words and they help us understand how to build sentences. Common parts of speech are nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. We also talk about the subject and predicate in a sentence and take a quick look at antonyms, homonyms and synonyms.
Essential Grammar 3: Sentences
Essential Grammar is a three-part series. These classes teach the basic grammar rules that will improve your writing today! In this class, we talk more about sentences. We discuss prepositions and phrases as well as clauses and conjunctions. Learn how to avoid common mistakes like run-on sentences and sentence fragments. We connect these lessons to what you learned in the previous sessions so you can start writing sentences with confidence!