Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing
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Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing

Embracing Your Voice or How To Not Write Like A Politician
4.8 (10 ratings)
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19 students enrolled
Created by Chris Straley
Last updated 7/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 30 mins on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Describe the difference between the active and passive voice
  • Identify passive writing within samples of text
  • Rewrite passive sentences using an active voice to create clear, concise, engaging writing
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Requirements
  • Fluency in the English language
  • Foundational grammar skills and diction (We will harken back to your middle school language arts class.)
Description

Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing, a self-paced, animated course, introduces the concept of active versus passive voice and explores how this dynamic impacts the quality of writing. Passive voice often produces meandering, unengaging writing as it relies on nondescript "to be" verbs such as "is," "was," and "were" rather than lively action verbs that paint clear pictures for the reader.

Unfortunately, passive writing permeates most student writing samples and virtually ALL examples of business communication. Learn how to avoid it like the plague! Don't write like a politician; embrace the active voice and imbue your writing with life. Your newly-engaged readers will thank you.

Unlike other courses that attempt to cover a variety of topics at once, Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing focuses on a single subarea that can dramatically impact your writing. Students can complete this course in a single sitting and then apply their new knowledge instantly. Remember, new skills go to waste if not used!

This course will ask learners to:

Describe the difference between active and passive voice.

Identify passive writing within samples of text.

Rewrite passive sentences using the active voice.

Engage Your Audience - Obliterate Passive Writing also includes a bonus section about homophones (its / it's, affect /effect, etc.) to offer additional support for a topic that causes writers much consternation. Learners may complete this standalone section prior to, between, or after the core curriculum. 


Who is the target audience?
  • Adults in the workforce who want to improve their written communication
  • College students who want to hone their paper-writing skills
  • Secondary students, particularly those in honors/advanced language arts or who are preparing for the writing component of the SAT or ACT
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Curriculum For This Course
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Introduction
1 Lecture 02:04

In this section students meet the instructor, Chris Straley, learn about his background and qualifications, and hear about the philosophy that drives the structure of this course. 

Preview 02:04
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Passive Versus Active Voice: What's The Difference?
1 Lecture 05:03

This section introduces the concept of voice and explores how it interacts with the building blocks of a sentence: the subject and the verb. 

Preview 05:03

This quiz presents learners with a series of sentences and asks them to determine if they use passive or active voice. 

Zeroing In On Passive Writing
8 questions
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Advantages Of Using The Active Voice
1 Lecture 06:29

This section outlines how active voice improves clarity and reader engagement while passive voice obfuscates and creates distance. 

Preview 06:29

This quiz asks learners to explain advantages to using the active voice. 

Making An Impact With Active Voice
8 questions
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Revising Passive Writing
1 Lecture 07:21

This section describes how to restructure passive writing in the active voice. 

Bringing Passive Writing To Life With The Active Voice
07:21

This quiz asks learners to pick a sentence from a series of options that best demonstrates the active voice. 

Active Voice For The Win
8 questions
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Conclusion
1 Lecture 02:00

This section reiterates key points from the class and provides the instructor's contact information should learners require additional support. 

Conclusion
02:00
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Bonus Section
1 Lecture 07:14

This lecture introduces common homophones such as it's / its, affect / effect, etc. and describes how students should apply them in their writing. 

Preview 07:14
About the Instructor
Chris Straley
4.8 Average rating
10 Reviews
19 Students
1 Course
Curiosity may have killed the cat but it still rules!

Chris Straley, the founder & owner of Instructional Design Genius has worked in education for fifteen years as a teacher, instructional designer, and learning manager for multiple Fortune 500s

He holds a BA in English from the University of Illinois and MS in Education from the University of Dayton.

Chris has worked in multiple industries including Secondary Education, Retail Operations, and Healthcare.

He founded Instructional Design Genius as a way to serve the learning development community and provide a tool that caters directly to its needs.

He hopes to learn from its users as much as they learn from his platform.