It's more than just words. It's your voice.
Work through this Moodle website to help you master grammar. You will build from understanding the role of each word in a sentence to writing a variety of sentences to make your writing come to life.
Allow me to introduce myself...
your first assignment.
Step One: The Eight Parts of Speech
Basic grammar begins with knowing the eight parts of speech. You may already know these; if so, do the quick review and then take the pretest.
- If you didn't score 100% on the pretest, try reviewing more. Choose any of the activities below. Please ask your teacher for help if you are still not able to identify each word in a sentence. When you feel confident that you remember the parts of speech, take the final test below. You get one more shot, and that's it!
Step Two: Identification of Subject and Predicate
This section begins identifying the parts of the sentence. Read over the web page below before you take the pretest.
- If you miss more than one question on the pretest, complete the review activities below as needed. You MUST complete and submit the assignments before taking the final test.
Step Three: Five Simple Sentence Patterns
You've seen from the previous section that a sentence may simply contain a subject and a verb to be complete. However, writers need a variety of sentence structures to make their writing interesting. We will start with five basic sentence patterns. Work through the first two resources, then complete the assignment.
Step Four: Phrases
You've learned some simple sentence patterns; now, it's time to add to those patterns to build more complex sentences. Phrases include prepositional (adjectival, adverbial) participle, gerund, infinitive, and appositive.
Step Five: Clauses
Moving on to clauses, we will study independent and subordinate clauses.
Step Six: Sentence Structure
Now that you understand phrases and clauses, we will discover that sentences are classified according to the number and kinds of clauses within them.
- If you didn't pass the pretest, perhaps the sentence types need to be broken down for you. Work through the following sections until you feel you're ready to take the FINAL test on this topic.
Step Seven: Fragments/Run-ons
Identifying and revising problems with sentence fragments and run-ons.
Step Eight: Pronouns Problems
Sometimes we can "hear" which pronoun we should use in a sentence. Other times, we need to use our knowledge from previous topics to figure out the correct pronoun to use.
- After reading about common pronoun problems from the web site above, try your hand at a quiz. The quiz web site first offers a review, and then you may quiz yourself on what you have learned.
Step Nine: Subject-Verb Agreeent
In a correctly written sentence, the subject and verb agree in number. Singular subjects have singular verbs, and plural subjects have plural verbs.
- Good writing is more than just words. It's time to show what you've learned.