Writing Perfect Sentences

Greatly Improve Your Writing Skills by Mastering the Art of Writing Beautifully Constructed Sentences
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  • Contents Video: 2 hours
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  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

Sentences are the basic building blocks of writing. It is impossible for you to construct well-written pieces without first mastering the sentence unit. Too often, bad writing is the result of poorly written sentences that do not follow the rules of sentence construction. Such sentences leave readers baffled and confused, wondering what the writer is trying to say. It is important, therefore, that you be able to write sentences that effectively communicate your thoughts and ideas. This course will teach you how to write great sentences that are complete, concise, smooth, and coherent. If you are a student, you will receive higher grades for writing assignments as well as English/Language Arts assessment tests. If you are an employee or entrepreneur, your enhanced written communication skills will portray you as a capable, intelligent individual.

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"This is the most innovative course I have used about sentence composition and how to make my writing more appealing. I would recommend this course to anyone."

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"Her explanation was very clear and straight to the point. Learned a lot of new things that I had never known before. Bravo!"

"Thank you so much for this great course. The course enhanced my writing skills, and pushed me forward to understand writing"

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Write complete sentences that can stand on their own and make sense.
  • Avoid sentence fragments and run-on sentences.
  • Identify and use the various parts of speech that make up sentences.
  • Write coherent sentences that allow your readers to easily follow your thoughts and ideas.
  • Construct sentences that are free of syntax errors.
  • Avoid short, choppy, disjointed sentences.
  • Effectively combine closely related sentences using various methods.
  • Vary your sentence structure and length so that your sentences are not boring and monotonous.
  • Avoid repetition and eliminate wordiness.
  • Identify and correct errors in sentence structure.
  • Revise and edit weak sentences.
  • Use the appropriate punctuation marks to punctuate your sentences.


This course will start with the very basics of sentence construction to ensure that you are given a strong foundation in the subject area. Every effort will be made to keep the course material simple, interesting, and easy to follow. And it will never be assumed that you know anything; everything will be explained thoroughly and completely.

Each lecture will be followed by a quiz to test your understanding of the topic so that you can effectively gauge your progress. At the end of the course, you will also be given a comprehensive assessment test to determine your knowledge in the area of sentence construction.

Detailed notes are provided in the resource section of each lecture for the purpose of review and reinforcement. These notes make it easier to locate specific content that you'd like to review. You don't have to watch an entire lecture in order to review a particular point—you can simply refer to your notes instead.

If you are a student, employee, or entrepreneur who wants to learn how to write beautifully constructed sentences and significantly improve your writing skills, enroll in “Writing Perfect Sentences” today!

What are the requirements?

  • As this is not a foreign language course, you will need to be able to understand, read, and write English. Other than this, there are no special requirements for this course. You don't even have to take notes as detailed notes are provided to you in the resources section of each lecture. All you need is a willingness to learn and apply yourself.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • At the end of this course, you will be able to construct smooth, complete, concise, coherent sentences that effectively communicate your thoughts and ideas. As a result, anyone reading your writing will be highly impressed by how well-structured your sentences are and how easy they are to follow and understand. If you are a student, your writing skills will significantly improve, enabling you to receive higher grades for writing assignments and English/Language Arts assessment tests. If you an employee or entrepreneur, your enhanced written communication skills will portray you as a competent, intelligent individual and increase your prospects for success.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is suitable for students or individuals seeking to improve their ability to construct effective sentences and enhance their writing skills.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Course Introduction
02:35

A video introduction to the course that gives students a good idea of what to expect in the course

2 pages

A written overview of the course

Section 2: Understanding the Sentence Unit
00:24

A brief introduction to Understanding the Sentence Unit

04:00

Students will be taught how to:

  • distinguish between complete and incomplete sentences.
  • identify and correct sentence fragments so as to avoid this type of sentence error.
09:45

In this lecture, a review exercise is completed, which will reinforce students' knowledge and understanding of sentence fragments and complete sentences.

10 questions

Select complete sentence if the item is a complete sentence or sentence fragment if is a sentence fragment.

00:59

This lecture will focus on end marks, which are the punctuation marks that come at the end of sentences. They are the period (.), question mark (?), and the exclamation mark (!).

06:12

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively identify and correct run-on sentences.

04:47

In this lecture, a review exercise is completed, which will reinforce students' knowledge and understanding of sentence fragments and complete sentences.

10 questions

Select complete sentence if the sentence is a complete sentence or run-on sentence if it is a run-on sentence.

1 page

Students will complete a cumulative review exercise which requires them to correct sentence fragments and run-on sentences in a piece of writing. This will enhance their ability to make these types of corrections in their own writing.

Section 3: Parts of Speech
00:27

A brief introduction to Parts of Speech

00:57

In this lecture, students will learn how to identify and use nouns.

01:37

In this lecture, students will learn how to identify and use pronouns.

02:00

In this lecture, students will learn how to identify and use adjectives.

01:10

In this lecture, students will learn how to identify and use verbs.

03:18

In this lecture, students will learn how to identify and use adverbs.

Identifying Parts of Speech
15 questions
Section 4: Building Better Sentences Through Sentence Combining
00:35

A brief introduction to Building Better Sentences Through Sentence Construction

07:53

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively combine sentences to create sentences that are smooth and concise.

5 questions

Which is the BEST way to combine each group of sentences?

05:19

In this lecture, students will learn how to combine two or more closely related sentences, using a coordinating conjunction, to form a compound sentence. This will enable students to vary their sentence structure and length when writing.

00:47

In this lecture, student will learn how to avoid "rambling sentences" that result from the overuse of coordinating conjunctions to join sentences together.

5 questions

Select the option that effectively combines the pair of sentences to create a compound sentence. Remember, a compound sentence is two (or more) complete sentences joined together by a conjunction that is preceded by a comma.

02:36

In this lecture, students will learn how to use adjective clauses to combine closely related sentences referring to the same noun.

05:00

In this lecture, students will learn when to use each of the relative pronouns: who, whom, whose, which and that. They will also learn how to identify the subject and object in a sentence.

01:17

In this lecture, students will learn about the correct placement of adjective clauses. This will help them to write sentences that are clear and coherent, rather than confusing.

Review: Combining With Adjective Clauses
05:15
5 questions

Select the best way to combine the following pairs of sentences using an adjective clause.


03:34

In this lecture, students will learn how to effectively combine two sentences referring to the same noun using an appositive phrase.

1 page

Students will learn how to effectively use commas for interrupters.

5 questions

Select the option that uses an appositive phrase to effectively combine the pair of sentences.

07:27

Students will learn how to effectively combine closely related sentences using adverb clauses, which will allow them to show the exact relationship between the ideas in the sentences.

5 questions

Select the option that best uses an adverb clause to combine the pair of sentences.

07:18

Students will learn how to effectively combine sentences using participial phrases. In doing so, they will learn a great way to vary how they begin their sentences.

02:09

In this lecture, students will learn how to recognize and avoid danglers in their writing. This will help them to write in a way that is clear and coherent, rather than confusing.

5 questions

Select the option that best uses a participial phrase to effectively combine the pair of sentences.

11:17

In this lecture, a review exercise will be completed that will reinforce students' knowledge and understanding of sentence combining.

Article

Students will complete a short review exercise that will test their knowledge and skills in the area of sentence combining.

Section 5: Assessment: Testing Your Knowledge and Understanding
00:24

A brief introduction to Assessment: Testing Your Knowledge and Understanding

17:11

In this lecture, students are prepared for the assessment test with the aid of sample test questions.

20 questions

Read the passage and then choose the BEST way to write each underlined section. Please read all of the options before selecting an answer. You can only choose the best answer if you examine and compare all of the choices.

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Instructor Biography

Simone Jones, Experienced English Teacher, Writer, BA English

My teaching career began many years ago when, at the tender age of eighteen, I was hired to teach English and literature to high school students. I immediately fell in love with the profession and excelled as a teacher despite my youth. Two years later, I was given the important task of preparing a class of struggling students for their GCE ‘O’ level English Exam—a rigorous exam set by the University of Cambridge in England. I was told to expect the very worse from these students. It appeared that everyone had written them off as failures who could not and would not succeed. I made it my mission to prove everyone wrong, and I did. Approximately eighty percent of my students passed the exam, and several students passed with distinction.

I had many such successes with my beloved students during my years as a teacher. In 2007, I was even given a Teacher of the Year Award for my dedicated service to my students. I believe that these successes were a result of five basic beliefs that I have with regards to teaching. They are:

1. Students fail to learn when teachers fail to teach.

2. When a teacher has low expectations for his or her students, they will meet these low expectations. In other words, teachers who set the bar low encourage students to underachieve.

3. The best way to teach is to begin with the basics in order to create a strong foundation on which learning can be built.

4. Good teachers are the ones who are able to break the subject material down to the very simplest form.

5. Effective teachers constantly reinforce topics that they teach through repetition and revision. They don’t simply teach a topic, put it to bed, and then expect students to remember the material long after.

As a result of being a highly effective classroom teacher, I was often asked to teach honors and advanced placement classes, and I respectfully refused. I wanted to help the students who really needed my help, not the brightest and best students who could more or less learn on their own if given the textbooks. I enjoy helping struggling students learn; they are the ones that most need help, and it is they who most benefit from the tuition that talented teachers can provide. My experience with teaching struggling students means that I know how to make learning simple and easy. I believe that this will be evident in the courses I create.

My passion and love for English makes teaching it second nature. I have seven years of experience as an English and literature teacher at the secondary level, and I have also privately tutored students in English for many years. Additionally, I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Currently, I am an author; I write self-help books under a pen name for the Amazon Kindle. I love writing, and my love for writing translates into a joy for teaching it as well. Unfortunately, in recent years, I haven’t had the opportunity to teach as much as I would like. I couldn’t find a way to teach and pursue writing at the same time. This has been a source of sadness for me; I have truly missed teaching. Fortunately, however, the Udemy learning platform has now provided me with the opportunity to both write and teach; I don’t have to sacrifice one for the other.

I look forward to creating many English courses that will help students at every level to master their grammar and writing skills. It would truly be a great pleasure to have you as my student.

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