Writing Power (Style, Flow, Clarity, and Revision) – Self-Paced
Deposit Due at Time of Registration:
$298.00 - (Full tuition price due up front)
Students may begin this course after August 1, 2024.
COURSE CONTENT INFORMATION
In order to communicate effectively through writing, students must learn to craft sentences that are clear and grammatically correct. This self-paced course focuses on understanding sentence structure and using that understanding to fine-tune and correct any writing assignment!
This course is for three types of students:
- students who write well-developed papers but struggle with editing and revision,
- students who have completed countless grammar worksheets without understanding how grammar concepts connect to their own writing,
- students who have had negative experiences–or little experience at all–with grammar so far.
Don’t let the word grammar scare you! Grammar is a tool that writers use to make sense of their language, and the best writers understand how to use this tool with excellence. Rather than suffering through pages of grammar exercises, students will think deeply about the structure of the English language, focusing on how all grammar concepts connect at the sentence level—because that is where basic editing takes place. Students will learn/review grammar concepts in context, and they will practice using their understanding of grammar to improve their own writing in terms of style, usage, punctuation, and even content. As a bonus, they will be prepared to conquer the English/writing section of the SAT and ACT.
Along the way, students will look at some of those seemingly trifling rules of grammar and writing such as when to spell out numbers, whether to use affect or effect, and how to avoid passive voice (or even to use it for rhetorical effect); and they will weigh in on some of the ever-changing rules of grammar such as whether or not it okay to split an infinitive or to start a sentence with a coordinating conjunction.
Please note that this course is designed for students who already know how to write well-developed paragraphs with topic sentences, support, and concluding sentences. The focus is on improving and editing paragraphs rather than on learning to write paragraphs.
Our self-paced offering allows students to work at their own pace in our learning management system. Students are provided with a full year of access from the date of login generation and access. Please purchase the course when you are ready to start the course. 🙂
Using a modular approach, this course is the equivalent of our regular live session course in terms of content, assessment, and feedback. Included in your purchase is a block of two hours of live meeting time with the teacher. This may be used in 15 minute increments. Once past the two hours, parents may purchase additional time (if necessary) from the instructor.
At the end of the twelve month time period or upon earlier completion of the course, a Final Grade PDF will be provided of the grade. Should the student not complete the course, an audit or the grade at the final week of the course completed by the student will be sent.
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SPECIAL NOTE: There are no refunds for any self-paced course once the purchase has been made. Students are provided with a full year of access from date of login generation and access. Please purchase the course when you are ready to start the course.
This course is not NCAA-approved at this time.
Please view prerequisites and required supplies below.
Date & Time
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation by Lynne Truss (ISBN-13: 978-1592404889)
Painless Grammar by Rebecca Elliott (ISBN-13: 978-1438007748)
$10 materials fee for access to a Daily Grammar Practice digital workbook
Dawn Burnette is truly excited to be part of the Excelsior family as an English teacher! Dawn holds a B.A. in English Education/Journalism from Lenoir-Rhyne University and an M.A. in English Education from Georgia State University. She has also earned National Board Certification and gifted endorsement. While teaching English at a public high school for 15 years, Dawn served as English department chair, coached a nationally ranked dance team, and won a few local, state, and national teaching awards. Dawn loves sharing her passion for reading and writing, and she works tirelessly to help students reach their academic potential and to glorify God in all pursuits. Soli Deo Gloria!
When it was time for their children to start school, Dawn and her husband Rod moved the family from an Atlanta suburb to the North Georgia mountains, acquired way too many animals, and spent the next 12 years homeschooling. Their daughter Ansley graduated from Samford University in 2022 and works at Sight & Sound Theater in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and their son Beck graduated from and played collegiate golf at Lee University and the University of Georgia and began playing professional golf in 2024.