How to Become a Better Writer: Foundations of Better Writing
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How to Become a Better Writer: Foundations of Better Writing

Avoid writing mistakes by learning subject-verb agreement, punctuation, capitalization, word choice, and spelling.
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Created by Wes Thompson
Last updated 1/2017
English
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Includes:
  • 5.5 hours on-demand video
  • 28 Articles
  • 2 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Write more confidently and competently by employing your improved knowledge of correct subject-verb agreement, the essential punctuation marks, proper use of capitalization, appropriate word usage, and correct spelling.
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Requirements
  • Before starting this course, students should already be proficient speakers of English.
Description

Welcome to your first step in learning how to become a better writer!

Perhaps you are a student in need of efficiently improving your writing for better success in your classes. Or perhaps you work for a company, or even in your own business, and need to write better letters, blog posts, memos, and emails.

Or, maybe you just need a painless way to brush up on your writing skills to be a more confident writer in general. Great! You have discovered the right place to help you do just that. 

This course is an all-inclusive resource to teach you how to become a better writer. Be more successful in your classes at school or your daily communications at work or in daily life. We will start from the very beginning, with learning the foundations of the English written language.

This course is for native speakers of English, or more advanced English-language learners, and will specifically focus on:

    • The essential elements of a complete sentence
    • Correct subject-verb agreement
    • The essential punctuation marks
    • The proper use of capitalization
    • Proper word choice
    • Correct spelling
Who is the target audience?
  • This course is targeted to students from grade 8 to older adults who need to improve their success in their classes or those who work for a company, or perhaps in their own business, and need to write better memos, blog posts, letters, and emails.
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Curriculum For This Course
89 Lectures
05:49:32
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Course Introduction and Curriculum Overview
2 Lectures 08:38

This lecture provides a general introduction to the course and an overview of the curriculum.

Preview 08:35

This is a link to the free course companion book, with further explanations as well as more practice material with answers. 

FREE Course Companion Book
00:03
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Unit 1: The Elements of the Complete Sentence
17 Lectures 01:02:08

In our introduction to Unit 1, you will get an overview of the unit learning objective and an overview of the topics that will be explored in the lessons.

Preview 02:19

In this lesson, you will learn what makes a complete sentence. The primary parts of a sentence are the subject, verb, and object. We will examine what each of these items is and how they work together to construct a well written sentence.

Preview 06:55

A Quick Note on Practices
00:25

In this practice, you will get to apply what you learned in the unit up to this point. The topic for this practice is determining the subject, verb, and object in a sentence.

Practice 1.1: The Complete Sentence
00:09

These are the answers to Practice 1.1.

ANSWERS: Practice 1.1: The Complete Sentence
00:09

In this lesson, you will begin to learn or review the parts of speech, beginning with the noun. Nouns can be people, places, things, or even ideas.

Unit 1, Lesson 2: Parts of Speech: Nouns
06:02

 In this lesson, you will learn about pronouns. Pronouns can substitute for a noun in a sentence.

Unit 1, Lesson 3: Parts of Speech: Pronouns
04:39

Unit 1, Lesson 4: Parts of Speech: Adjectives
06:02


ANSWERS: Practice 1.2: Parts of Speech 1
00:37

This lesson will examine adverbs, which describe how the action in a sentence is done. In other words, they describe verbs.

Unit 1, Lesson 5: Parts of Speech: Adverbs
07:44

Unit 1, Lesson 5b: Confusing Adjectives and Adverbs
04:40

Unit 1, Lesson 6: Parts of Speech: Prepositions
07:57

Unit 1, Lesson 7: Parts of Speech: Conjunctions
07:45

Unit 1, Lesson 8: Parts of Speech: Interjections
04:52

Practice 1.3: Parts of Speech 2
00:32

ANSWERS: Practice 1.3: Parts of Speech 2
00:38

This quiz will cover the topics in Unit 1, namely the complete sentence and the parts of speech.

The Elements of the Complete Sentence
4 questions
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Unit 2: Subject-Verb Agreement
12 Lectures 41:36

Unit 2, Lesson 1: Point of View
05:49


Unit 2, Lesson 3: Mistakes Due to Confusing Clauses
07:20

Practice 2.1: Subject-Verb Agreement
00:31

ANSWERS: Practice 2.1: Subject-Verb Agreement
00:33

Unit 2, Lesson 4: Mistakes Due to Prepositional Phrases
06:18

Unit 2, Lesson 5: "Don't" versus "Doesn't"
04:46

Unit 2, Lesson 6: "Each" / "Every" / "Either" / "Neither"
05:06

Supplement: The Principal Parts of Verbs
01:54

Practice 2.2: Subject-Verb Agreement 2
00:21

ANSWERS: Practice 2.2: Subject-Verb Agreement 2
00:28

Subject-Verb Agreement
3 questions
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Unit 3: Punctuation
21 Lectures 01:38:01


Unit 3, Lesson 2: The Comma: Following Introductory Elements
06:36

Unit 3, Lesson 3: The Comma: Between Independent Clauses
06:27

Unit 3, Lesson 4: The Comma: With Nonessential Clauses
06:44

Unit 3, Lesson 5: The Comma: With Dates and Geographical Names
06:36

Unit 3, Lesson 6: The Comma: With Direct Address
05:17

Unit 3, Lesson 7: The Comma Splice
05:01

Unit 3, Lesson 8: The Semicolon: Separating Items in a Series
05:31

Unit 3, Lesson 9: The Semicolon: Before Certain Conjunctions
05:38

Practice 3.1: Commas
00:24

ANSWERS: Practice 3.1: Commas
00:21

Unit 3, Lesson 10: The Hyphen
07:12

Unit 3, Lesson 11: The Dash
06:02

Unit 3, Lesson 12: Quotation Marks: Direct Quotations
08:34

Unit 3, Lesson 12B: Quotation Marks: Direct versus Indirect Speech
03:30

Unit 3, Lesson 13: Quotation Marks with Titles
08:22

Supplement: Quotation Marks versus Italics with Titles of Artistic Works
00:05

Unit 3, Lesson 14: Quotation Marks: Words Used in a Special Sense
06:38

Practice 3.2: Hyphens and Quotation Marks
00:25

ANSWERS: Practice 3.2: Hyphens and Quotation Marks
00:24

Quiz 3: Punctuation
5 questions
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Unit 4: Capitalization
14 Lectures 58:19
Unit 4: Introduction
03:51

Unit 4, Lesson 1: Proper Names: People and Titles
07:38

Unit 4, Lesson 2: Proper Names: Buildings and Streets
06:33

Unit 4, Lesson 3: Proper Names: Cities, States, Countries, and Continents
04:54

Unit 4, Lesson 4: Proper Names: Languages and Religions
06:33

Unit 4, Lesson 5: Proper Names: Political Parties and Historical Documents
04:10

Unit 4, Lesson 6: Proper Names: Days of the Week and Months of the Year
03:32

Practice 4.1: Capitalization 1
00:20

ANSWERS: Practice 4.1: Capitalization 1
00:21

Unit 4, Lesson 7: Proper Names: Literary and Artistic Works
07:26

Unit 4, Lesson 8: Proper Names: Wars and Historical Periods
07:17

Unit 4, Lesson 9: Letters in Acronyms
04:56

Practice 4.2: Capitalization 2
00:23

ANSWERS: Practice 4.2: Capitalization 2
00:24

Quiz 4: Capitalization
3 questions
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Unit 5: Word Usage
15 Lectures 54:43
Unit 5: Introduction
03:20

Unit 5, Lesson 1: “that” / “who”
03:27

Unit 5, Lesson 2: “their” / “there” / “they’re”
04:26

Unit 5, Lesson 3: “your” / “you’re”
04:20

Unit 5, Lesson 4: “whose” / “who’s”
02:58

Unit 5, Lesson 5: “its” / “it’s”
04:45

Practice 5.1: Word Choice 1
00:30

ANSWERS: Practice 5.1: Word Choice 1
00:31

Unit 5, Lesson 6: “less” / “fewer”
05:58

Unit 5, Lesson 7: “accept” / “except”
06:16

Unit 5, Lesson 8: “affect” / “effect”
05:08

Unit 5, Lesson 9: “lose” / “loose”
04:35

Unit 5, Lesson 10: “to” / “two” / “too”
07:31

Practice 5.2: Word Choice 2
00:29

ANSWERS: Practice 5.2: Word Choice 2
00:29

Quiz 5: Word Usage
4 questions
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Unit 6: Spelling
7 Lectures 24:56
Unit 6: Introduction
04:24

Unit 6, Lesson 1: “-i” before “-e” except after “-c”
04:16

Unit 6, Lesson 2: Plural vs. Possessive Form of Words Ending in “-y”
05:18

Unit 6, Lesson 3: Plurals of Words Ending in “-o”
06:44

Unit 6, Lesson 4: Tips to Learn to Spell Better
03:54

Practice 6.1: Spelling
00:11

ANSWERS: Practice 6.1: Spelling
00:08

Quiz 6: Spelling
4 questions
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Course Conclusion and Thank You
1 Lecture 02:08
Course Conclusion and Thank you
02:08
About the Instructor
Wes Thompson
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Certified English Teacher

Wes Thompson is a certified English teacher and school administrator. He has taught English literature, reading, and writing to students from grade 8 to older adult for 19 years.

He has taught both native speakers of English as well as English-language learners. 

Wes earned a BS degree in journalism and a BA degree in English from the University of Florida. He also earned an M.Ed. in educational leadership from the American College of Education.