Foundations of English Grammar Intensive Workshop
This class is intended for students who already have a foundation in English Grammar education. It is intended for high school ages.
This 10 week course composed of 5 intensive lessons is designed to focus on the fundamentals of grammar in the English Language. We will build from the foundation of word class, or parts of speech, to conjugating and types of phrases, then onto sentence composition and structure. This course is designed to improve student’s grammar, punctuation, and all around writing skills, and lessons will involve student participation of repetitive practice exercises to instill these skills.
Students will not be writing papers in this class, rather they will be approaching writing in a more focused way as we break each aspect of a sentence down week by week. Students taking this class can expect to gain a much better understanding for proper grammatical writing, but in a fast-paced class. By the end of the course, they will gain an all around better grasp on the technical aspects of writing in the English language.
This class is open to a wide range of ages–starting early can always give an advantage to blooming writers, and we are also never too old to refresh our grammar skills!
No live classes—view lessons on YOUR schedule. In general, expect 1.5-2.5 hours to work through the lesson plan each week, and an additional 2-5 hours working on assignments (it really depends what assignment your child chooses to do and how they manage their time). For classes with two levels, the material is the same for both—the depth of the assignments differs. Younger students should usually be placed in Level 1. Older students, or younger students who want more of a challenge, should be placed in Level 2.
Each lesson consists of a fully narrated PowerPoint presentation with images and videos to enhance the topics. Students will have access to our learning management system, Canvas, for viewing their lesson, printing worksheets, taking quizzes, viewing/submitting assignments, participating in discussions, and viewing grades/feedback. Read more details about class format.
Weeks 1 & 2: Words, words, words!
Weeks 1 and 2 will focus on individual words. We will study the different word classes, or parts of speech, split over the two weeks. Understanding parts of speech helps in understanding word functions, their meanings, and their function within a whole sentence.
Week 3: Phrases (Inflection)
In week 3 we get into phrases, including prepositional phrases and other parts of the sentence that are important to understanding sentence composition. We will also study tenses and learn verb conjugations as we study inflection–the process by which words are changed in form to create different, specific meanings.
Week 4: Parts of a Sentence (Syntax)
In week 4 we will turn to examining a sentence as a whole as we study syntax–how to structure sentences. We will focus on the components of a sentence, including subject, predicate, object of a sentence in combination. We will also learn sentence structure concerning simple, compound, and complex sentences. This week will build off of the knowledge gained in the previous two weeks, and teach how to assemble those word and phrase components into cohesive sentences.
Week 5: Types of Sentences
Week 5 will bring us to looking at sentences structure as we put all three previous parts of the class together: parts of speech, inflection, and syntax. We will learn the different types of sentences, focusing on proper punctuation for the various sentence types. We will also learn how to dissect simple, compound, and complex sentences through the art of diagramming. Seeing a sentence drawn out in this format helps to understand proper sentence structure by showing how the parts of a sentence are related.
- Schedule Sep 5 - Nov 7
- Activities Language Arts
- Lessons 5
- Suggested Ages 13-17 One Level
- Time This class is currently closed for enrollments. Please join our mailing list to find out when it is open again.