1. NAMING THE PARTS.
Subjects and Verbs. Modifiers. Connectors. Sentence Practice: Embedding Adjectives, Adverbs, and Prepositional Phrases. Paragraph Practice: Narrating an Event. Practice Test.
2. UNDERSTANDING SENTENCE PATTERNS.
Clauses. Simple, Compound, Complex, and Compound-Complex Sentences. Fragments, Fused Sentences, and Comma Splices. Sentence Practice: Combining Main and Subordinate Clauses. Paragraph Practice: Describing a Place. Practice Test.
3. IMPROVING SENTENCE PATTERNS.
Modifying with Participial and Infinitive Phrases. Modifying with Adjective Clauses and Appositives. Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers. Sentence Practice: Using Participial and Infinitive Phrases, Appositives, and Adjective Clauses. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Using Examples. Practice Test.
4. LINING UP THE PARTS OF A SENTENCE.
Subject-Verb Agreement. Pronoun Agreement and Reference. Pronoun Case. Sentence Practice: Using Transitions. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Explaining Causes and Effects. Practice Test.
5. USING PUNCTUATION AND CAPITALIZATION.
Using Commas. Other Punctuation Marks. Titles, Capitalization, and Numbers. Sentence Practice: Sentence Variety. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Comparing and Contrasting.
6. CHOOSING THE RIGHT WORDS AND SPELLING THEM CORRECTLY.
Irregular Verbs. Commonly Confused Words. Spelling Rules. Sentence Practice: Effective and Meaningful Sentences. Essay and Paragraph Practice: Expressing an Opinion. Practice Test.
7. READINGS FOR WRITERS.
Strategies for Successful Reading. Sample Reading Selection. James A. Herrick, Kill Your Television. Narrating an Event. Langston Hughes, Salvation. Roger Hoffman, The Dare. Laura Rowley, As They Say, Drugs Kill. Describing a Place. Annie Dillard, Tinker Creek. Luis Torres, Los Chinos Discover el Barrio. William Least Heat-Moon, In the Land of Coke-Cola.
Using Examples. Margo Kaufman, My Way! Jon Katz, How Boys Become Men. Perri Klass, She's Your Basic L.O.L. in N.A.D. Explaining Causes and Effects. Brent Staples, Black Men and Public Space. Diana Bletter, I Refuse to Live in Fear. Stephen King, Why We Crave Horror Movies. Comparing and Contrasting. Rose del Castillo Guilbault, Americanization Is Tough on Macho. Ellen Goodman, The Just-Right Wife. Charles Krauthammer, The New Prohibitionism. Expressing an Opinion. Andrew Sullivan, Let Gays Marry. Jack C. Shaheen, The Media's Image of Arabs. Barbara Ehrenreich, In Defense of Splitting Up.
8. PRACTICE FINAL EXAMINATION.
Working with ESL Issues. Count and Noncount Nouns. Articles with Count and Noncount Nouns. Subjects. Helping Verbs and Main Verbs. Two-Word Verbs. Adjectives in the Correct Order.
10. ANSWERS TO PRACTICES.