About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 11th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about usage conventions in writing. There is no faster or easier way to learn about English usage. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about the use of good diction, logical sentences, idioms and clear sentences.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and a Conventions in Writing - Usage unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Conventions in Writing - Usage Unit Objectives:
- Explore what makes strong writing.
- Learn how to develop style, tone and point-of-view with good diction.
- Explain methods for using idioms or phrasal verbs.
- Compare active and passive voice.
- Address ways of writing logical sentences and avoiding faulty comparisons.
- Identify strategies for writing clear sentences.
- Discuss the identification and avoidance of mixed structure sentences.
1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.
2. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
3. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.
4. Active and Passive Voice
You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.
5. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
6. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.
7. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.
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- Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
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- 19th Century Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- 20th Century Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- African American Writers: Homeschool Curriculum
- Dramatic Works for 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Interpreting Literature: Homeschool Literature
- Literary Terms for 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Basics of Writing Essays in 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Essays in 11th Grade: Homeschool Education
- Using Source Materials: Homeschool Curriculum
- Capitalization & Spelling: Homeschool Curriculum
- Elements of Grammar: Homeschool Curriculum
- Usage: Homeschool Curriculum
- Punctuation in Writing: Homeschool Curriculum