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Adjectives (4 topics)

  • What Does the Adjective Describe?
  • Identify Adjectives Before Nouns
  • Forming Comparative Adjectives
  • Forming Superlative Adjectives

Articles (2 topics)

  • Identifying Articles
  • “A” vs. “An”

Commas for Formatting (2 topics)

  • Commas with Dates
  • Commas with Items in a Series

Commonly Confused Words I (6 topics)

  • “It’s” vs. “Its”
  • “A” vs. “An”
  • To” vs. “Too” vs. “Two”
  • “Know” vs. “No”
  • “A lot” vs. “Alot”
  • “Their” vs. “There” vs. “They’re”

Commonly Confused Words I (8 topics)

  • “Knot” vs. “Not”
  • “Who’s” vs. “Whose”
  • “Right” vs. “Write”
  • “Passed” vs. “Past”
  • “Into” vs. “In to”
  • “Desert” vs. “Dessert”
  • “Because” vs. “Cause”
  • “Principal” vs. “Principle”

Contractions (3 topics)

  • Distinguishing Contractions and Possessives
  • “Who’s” vs. “Whose”
  • “It’s” vs. “Its”
  • Correcting Errors with “Yours,” “Hers,” “Theirs,” and “Ours”

Identifying Parts of Speech I (5 topics)

  • Identifying Concrete Nouns
  • Identifying Common Nouns
  • Identifying Action Verbs
  • dentifying the Verb in a Sentence
  • Identifying Verbs in Simple, Progressive, and Perfect Tenses

Identifying Subjects and Verbs (3 topics)

  • Identifying the Subject of a Sentence
  • Identifying Pronouns as Subjects
  • Identifying the Verb in a Sentence

Plural vs. Possessive Nouns (6 topics)

  • Forming Regular Plurals with “-s”
  • Recognizing Plurals and Possessives
  • Forming Singular Possessives 1
  • Apostrophes with “Others,” “Others’,” and “Each Other’s”
  • Is the Possession Shared or Unshared?
  • Correcting Errors with Shared and Unshared Possession

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement (4 topics)

  • Replacing Nouns with Pronouns
  • Identifying Pronouns
  • Do the Pronouns Agree?
  • Using Pronouns That Agree

Rules of Capitalization I (6 topics)

  • Capitalizing the First Word of a Sentence
  • Capitalizing Days and Months
  • Capitalizing Holidays
  • Capitalizing Seasons
  • Capitalizing Streets, Cities, and Other Places
  • Capitalizing Family Titles

Subject-Verb Agreement I (6 topics)

  • Identifying Action Verbs
  • Agreement with Simple Subjects
  • Agreement with “Doesn’t” and “Don’t”
  • Agreement with “Here,” “There,” and Questions
  • Which Part of the Compound Subject Agrees with the Verb?
  • Agreement with “Or” and “Nor” Compounds

Verb Tense I: Simple Tenses (4 topics)

  • Identifying Action Verbs
  • Forming the Regular Present Tense
  • Forming the Regular Past Tense
  • Forming the Future Tense

Adjectives vs. Adverbs (9 topics)

  • What Does the Adjective Describe?
  • Identifying Adjectives Before Nouns
  • What Does the Adverb Describe?
  • Identifying Adverbs of Time, Place, and Manner
  • Is the Word an Adverb or Adjective?
  • Using Adverbs and Adjectives
  • Forming Adverbs from Adjectives
  • Forming Comparative Adjectives
  • Forming Superlative Adjectives

Capitalizing and Formatting Titles (2 topics)

  • Recognizing Titles of Long-Form and Short-Form Works
  • Capitalizing and Formatting Titles 1

Commonly Confused Words III (10 topics)

  • “Who” vs. “Whom”
  • “Quiet” vs. “Quite”
  • “Morning” vs. “Mourning”
  • “Maybe” vs. “May be”
  • “Good” vs. “Well”
  • “Everyday” vs. “Every day”
  • “Everyone” vs. “Every one”
  • “Anyone” vs. “Any one”
  • “Affect” vs. “Effect”
  • “Accept” vs. “Except”

Commonly Confused Words IV (7 topics)

  • “Cite” vs. “Sight” vs. “Site”
  • “Scene” vs. “Seen”
  • “Advice” vs. “Advise”
  • “Farther” vs. “Further”
  • “Anyway” vs. “Anyways”
  • “Altogether” vs. “All together”
  • “Already” vs. “All ready”

Comparative vs. Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs (2 topics)

  • Forming Comparative Adjectives
  • Forming Superlative Adjectives

Components of a Sentence I (5 topics)

  • Identifying the Subject of a Sentence
  • Identifying Pronouns as Subjects
  • Identifying the Verb in a Sentence
  • Identifying Verbs and Their Direct Objects
  • Identifying Prepositions

Components of a Sentence II (10 topics)

  • Identifying the Subject of a Sentence
  • Identifying Pronouns as Subjects
  • Identifying the Verb in a Sentence
  • Identifying Verbs and Their Direct Objects
  • Identifying Prepositions
  • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
  • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
  • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
  • Is the Thought Complete or Incomplete?
  • Identifying Dependent Clauses

Contractions (4 topics)

  • Distinguishing Contractions and Possessives
  • “Who’s” vs. “Whose”
  • “It’s” vs. “Its”
  • Correcting Errors with “Yours,” “Hers,” “Theirs,” and “Ours”

Identifying Parts of Speech II (9 topics)

  • Identifying Concrete Nouns
  • Identifying Common Nouns
  • Identifying Action Verbs
  • Identifying the Verb in a Sentence
  • Identifying Verbs in Simple, Progressive, and Perfect Tenses
  • What Does the Adjective Describe?
  • Identifying Adjectives Before Nouns
  • What Does the Adverb Describe?
  • Identifying Adverbs of Time, Place, and Manner

Identifying Parts of Speech III (9 topics)

  • What Does the Adjective Describe?
  • Identifying Adjectives Before Nouns
  • What Does the Adverb Describe?
  • Identifying Adverbs of Time, Place, and Manner
  • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
  • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
  • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
  • Identifying Pronouns
  • Identifying Prepositions

Identifying Sentences and Fragments (5 topics)

  • Is the Thought Complete or Incomplete?
  • Identifying Dependent Clauses
  • Recognizing Fragments in Dialogue
  • Recognizing Sentences with Pronoun Subjects
  • Sentences and Fragments with “That,” “Which,” and “Especially”

Plural vs. Possessive Nouns (6 topics)

  • Forming Regular Plurals with “-s”
  • Recognizing Plurals and Possessives
  • Forming Singular Possessives 1
  • Apostrophes with “Others,” “Others’,” and “Each Other’s”
  • Is the Possession Shared or Unshared?
  • Correcting Errors with Shared and Unshared Possession

Prepositional Phrases (1 topic)

  • Identifying Prepositions
  • Pronoun Case (6 topics)
  • Using Subject and Object Pronouns
  • Using “He,” “She,” “Him,” and “Her” in Compounds
  • Using Possessive Pronouns with Gerunds
  • Using Reflexive Pronouns
  • “Who” vs. “Whom”
  • Using “Who” in Various Cases

Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement (4 topics)

  • Replacing Nouns with Pronouns
  • Identifying Pronouns
  • Do the Pronouns Agree?
  • Using Pronouns That Agree

Punctuation with Conjunctions: Coordinating (FANBOYS) (3 topics)

  • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
  • Identifying the Function of FANBOYS
  • Evaluating Commas with FANBOYS

Punctuation with Conjunctions: Subordinating (SWABIS) (3 topics)

  • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
  • Punctuating SWABIs at the Beginning of a Sentence
  • Punctuating SWABIs in the Middle of a Sentence

Rules of Capitalization II (11 topics)

  • Capitalizing Seasons
  • Capitalizing Buildings and Schools
  • Capitalizing Names and Social Titles
  • Capitalizing Professional Titles
  • Capitalizing Family Titles
  • Capitalizing Nationalities, Ethnicities, and Religions
  • Capitalizing Political Groups
  • Capitalizing Brand and Product Names
  • Capitalizing Things in Space
  • Capitalizing Academic Subjects
  • Capitalizing Hyphenated Words

Singular vs. Plural Possessives (3 topics)

  • Forming Singular Possessives 1
  • Apostrophes with “Others,” “Others’,” and “Each Other’s”
  • Forming Possessives from Regular Plurals

Subject-Verb Agreement II (6 topics)

  • Which Part of the Collective Noun Subject Agrees with the Verb?
  • Agreement with Collective Nouns
  • Agreement with Parts of a Whole
  • Agreement with Math, Money, and Time
  • Agreement with Tricky Nouns
  • Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns

Verb Tense II: Perfect and Progressive Tenses (5 topics)

  • Identifying Verbs in Simple, Progressive, and Perfect Tenses
  • Forming Present Participles
  • Identifying Progressive Tenses
  • Forming Past Participles
  • Identifying Perfect Tenses
  • Active and Passive Voice (4 topics)
    • Identifying Active Voice Verbs
    • Identifying Passive Voice Verbs
    • Is the Sentence Active or Passive?
    • Creating Active Voice Sentences 1
  • Body Paragraphs: Claims, Evidence and Reasoning (2 topics)
    • Recognizing Strong Topic Sentences 1: Claims
    • Identifying Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning
  • Body Paragraphs: Embedding Evidence (3 topics)
    • Context for Literary Evidence 1: Identifying Speaker, Listener, and Plot Clue
    • Matching Pronouns and Verbs between Context and Quotations
    • Formatting In-Text Citations
  • Body Paragraphs: Transition Words and Phrases (1 topic)
    • Identifying the Relationships Between Ideas
  • Building Compound and Complex Sentences (10 topics)
    • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
    • Identifying the Function of FANBOYS
    • Evaluating Commas with FANBOYS
    • Correcting Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Punctuating THAMOs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs in the Middle of a Sentence
    • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
    • Punctuating SWABIs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating SWABIs in the Middle of a Sentence
  • Capitalizing and Formatting Titles (2 topics)
    • Recognizing Titles of Long-Form and Short-Form Works
    • Capitalizing and Formatting Titles 1
  • Choosing the Appropriate Conjunctions (6 topics)
    • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
    • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Using the Appropriate FANBOYS
    • Matching Correlative Conjunctions
    • Correcting FANBOYS Errors
  • Commas for Clarity (2 topics)
    • Commas with Introductory Phrases and Clauses
    • Commas Separating Adjectives
  • Commonly Confused Words IV (7 topics)
    • “Cite” vs. “Sight” vs. “Site”
    • “Scene” vs. “Seen”
    • “Advice” vs. “Advise”
    • “Farther” vs. “Further”
    • “Anyway” vs. “Anyways”
    • “Altogether” vs. “All together”
    • “Already” vs. “All ready”
  • Commonly Confused Words V (4 topics)
    • “Prejudice” vs. “Prejudiced”
    • “Later” vs. “Latter”
    • “Biased” vs. “Bias”
    • “Altar” vs. “Alter”
  • Components of a Sentence II (10 topics)
    • Identifying the Subject of a Sentence
    • Identifying Pronouns as Subjects
    • Identifying the Verb in a Sentence
    • Identifying Verbs and Their Direct Objects
    • Identifying Prepositions
    • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
    • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Is the Thought Complete or Incomplete?
    • Identifying Dependent Clauses
  • Conclusion Paragraphs (1 topic)
    • The Two Jobs of a Conclusion
  • Connecting Clauses with Colons and Semicolons (2 topics)
    • Connecting Clauses with Colons and Semicolons
    • Connecting Clauses with THAMOs 1
  • Counterargument Paragraphs (1 topic)
    • Planning a Counterargument Paragraph
  • Embedding Evidence: Avoiding Plagiarism & Using Citations (1 topic)
    • Formatting In-Text Citations
  • Embedding Evidence: Mechanics of Quotations (1 topic)
    • Matching Pronouns and Verbs between Context and Quotations
  • Embedding Evidence: Providing Strong Context for Evidence (1 topic)
    • Context for Literary Evidence 1: Identifying Speaker, Listener, and Plot Clue
  • Embedding Quotations (4 topics)
    • Capitalizing Quotes
    • Is There a Pause Before the Quote?
    • Formatting Dialogue and Flow Quotes 1
    • Formatting Dialogue and Colon Quotes
  • Formal and Informal Language (1 topic)
    • Recognizing Language That Is Too Formal or Too Informal
  • Identifying Parts of Speech (9 topics)
    • What Does the Adjective Describe?
    • Identifying Adjectives Before Nouns
    • What Does the Adverb Describe?
    • Identifying Adverbs of Time, Place, and Manner
    • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
    • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Identifying Pronouns
    • Identifying Prepositions
  • Identifying Sentences and Fragments (5 topics)
    • Is the Thought Complete or Incomplete?
    • Identifying Dependent Clauses
    • Recognizing Fragments in Dialogue
    • Recognizing Sentences with Pronoun Subjects
    • Sentences and Fragments with “That,” “Which,” and “Especially”
  • Introductory Paragraphs (3 topics)
    • Is the Thesis a Fact or Opinion?
    • Selecting a Strong Hook 1: Agreeing
    • Recognizing Redundant, Unnecessary, and Wordy Phrases
  • Lists (2 topics)
    • Commas with Items in a Series
    • Introducing Lists with Cue Words
  • MLA Citation (2 topics)
    • Formatting In-Text Citations
    • Questions Marks and Exclamation Points with Citations
  • Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers (5 topics)
    • Identifying Modified Words
    • Identifying Modifiers
    • Interpreting Misplaced Modifiers
    • Interpreting Dangling Modifiers
    • Correcting Misplaced Modifier Errors 1
  • Parallel Structure (2 topics)
    • Identifying Parallel Elements 1
    • Matching Parallel Elements 1
  • Phrases and Dependent Clauses (5 topics)
    • What Does the Appositive Refer To?
    • What Does the Participial Phrase Modify?
    • Commas with Introductory Phrases and Clauses
    • Punctuating Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses
    • Correcting Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
  • Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement (4 topics)
    • Replacing Nouns with Pronouns
    • Identifying Pronouns
    • Do the Pronouns Agree?
    • Using Pronouns That Agree
  • Punctuation with Conjunctions: All (9 topics)
    • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
    • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Identifying the Function of FANBOYS
    • Evaluating Commas with FANBOYS
    • Punctuating SWABIs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating SWABIs in the Middle of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs in the Middle of a Sentence
  • Punctuation with Conjunctions: Conjunctive Adv. (THAMOS) (3 topics)
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Punctuating THAMOs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs in the Middle of a Sentence
  • Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses (1 topic)
    • Punctuating Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses
  • Subject-Verb Agreement II (6 topics)
    • Which Part of the Collective Noun Subject Agrees with the Verb?
    • Agreement with Collective Nouns
    • Agreement with Parts of a Whole
    • Agreement with Math, Money, and Time
    • Agreement with Tricky Nouns
    • Agreement with Indefinite Pronouns
  • Thesis Statements (3 topics)
    • Is the Thesis a Fact or Opinion?
    • Identifying Vague Words and Phrases 1
    • Recognizing Redundant, Unnecessary, and Wordy Phrases
  • Topic Sentences (3 topics)
    • Recognizing Strong Topic Sentences 1: Claims
    • Identifying Vague Words and Phrases 1
    • Recognizing Redundant, Unnecessary, and Wordy Phrases
  • Vague Pronouns (1 topic)
    • Identifying Antecedents of a Vague Pronoun
  • Verbals (3 topics)
    • Identifying Verbs in Simple, Progressive, and Perfect Tenses
    • Is It a Verb or Not a Verb?
    • Identifying Modifiers
  • Active and Passive Voice (4 topics)
    • Identifying Active Voice Verbs
    • Identifying Passive Voice Verbs
    • Is the Sentence Active or Passive?
    • Creating Active Voice Sentences 1
  • Appositive Phrases (1 topic)
    • What Does the Appositive Refer To?
  • Body Paragraphs: Claims, Evidence and Reasoning (2 topics)
    • Recognizing Strong Topic Sentences 1: Claims
    • Identifying Claims, Evidence, and Reasoning
  • Body Paragraphs: Embedding Evidence (3 topics)
    • Context for Literary Evidence 1: Identifying Speaker, Listener, and Plot Clue
    • Matching Pronouns and Verbs between Context and Quotations
    • Formatting In-Text Citations
  • Body Paragraphs: Transition Words and Phrases (1 topic)
    • Identifying the Relationships Between Ideas
  • Building Compound and Complex Sentences (10 topics)
    • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
    • Identifying the Function of FANBOYS
    • Evaluating Commas with FANBOYS
    • Correcting Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Punctuating THAMOs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs in the Middle of a Sentence
    • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
    • Punctuating SWABIs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating SWABIs in the Middle of a Sentence
  • Commonly Confused Words V (4 topics)
    • “Prejudice” vs. “Prejudiced”
    • “Later” vs. “Latter”
    • “Biased” vs. “Bias”
    • “Altar” vs. “Alter”
  • Conclusion Paragraphs (1 topic)
    • The Two Jobs of a Conclusion
  • Connecting Clauses with Colons and Semicolons (2 topics)
    • Connecting Clauses with Colons and Semicolons
    • Connecting Clauses with THAMOs 1
  • Counterargument Paragraphs (1 topic)
    • Planning a Counterargument Paragraph
  • Embedding Evidence: Avoiding Plagiarism & Using Citations (1 topic)
    • Formatting In-Text Citations
  • Embedding Evidence: Mechanics of Quotations (1 topic)
    • Matching Pronouns and Verbs between Context and Quotations
  • Embedding Evidence: Providing Strong Context for Evidence (1 topic)
    • Context for Literary Evidence 1: Identifying Speaker, Listener, and Plot Clue
  • Embedding Quotations (4 topics)
    • Capitalizing Quotes
    • Is There a Pause Before the Quote?
    • Formatting Dialogue and Flow Quotes 1
    • Formatting Dialogue and Colon Quotes
  • Formal and Informal Language (1 topic)
    • Recognizing Language That Is Too Formal or Too Informal
  • Hyphens (7 topics)
    • Identifying Compound Nouns and Adjectives
    • Hyphens in Compound Nouns
    • Hyphens in Compound Adjectives
    • Hyphens in Compound Adjectives with Numbers
    • Hyphens with Fractions
    • Hyphens with Prefixes and Suffixes 1
    • Hyphens for Clarity
  • Introductory Paragraphs (3 topics)
    • Is the Thesis a Fact or Opinion?
    • Selecting a Strong Hook 1: Agreeing
    • Recognizing Redundant, Unnecessary, and Wordy Phrases
  • Lists (2 topics)
    • Commas with Items in a Series
    • Introducing Lists with Cue Words
  • MLA Citation I (2 topics)
    • Formatting In-Text Citations
    • Questions Marks and Exclamation Points with Citations
  • Misplaced and Dangling Modifiers (5 topics)
    • Identifying Modified Words
    • Identifying Modifiers
    • Interpreting Misplaced Modifiers
    • Interpreting Dangling Modifiers
    • Correcting Misplaced Modifier Errors 1
  • Parallel Structure (2 topics)
    • Identifying Parallel Elements 1
    • Matching Parallel Elements 1
  • Phrases and Dependent Clauses (5 topics)
    • What Does the Appositive Refer To?
    • What Does the Participial Phrase Modify?
    • Commas with Introductory Phrases and Clauses
    • Punctuating Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses
    • Correcting Comma Splices and Fused Sentences
  • Punctuation with Conjunctions: All (9 topics)
    • Identifying Coordinating Conjunctions (FANBOYS)
    • Identifying Subordinating Conjunctions (SWABIs)
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Identifying the Function of FANBOYS
    • Evaluating Commas with FANBOYS
    • Punctuating SWABIs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating SWABIs in the Middle of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs in the Middle of a Sentence
  • Punctuation with Conjunctions: Conjunctive Adv. (THAMOS) (3 topics)
    • Identifying THAMOs (Conjunctive Adverbs)
    • Punctuating THAMOs at the Beginning of a Sentence
    • Punctuating THAMOs in the Middle of a Sentence
  • Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses (1 topic)
    • Punctuating Restrictive and Nonrestrictive Clauses
  • Thesis Statements (3 topics)
    • Is the Thesis a Fact or Opinion?
    • Identifying Vague Words and Phrases 1
    • Recognizing Redundant, Unnecessary, and Wordy Phrases
  • Topic Sentences (3 topics)
    • Recognizing Strong Topic Sentences 1: Claims
    • Identifying Vague Words and Phrases 1
    • Recognizing Redundant, Unnecessary, and Wordy Phrases
  • Verbals (3 topics)
    • Identifying Verbs in Simple, Progressive, and Perfect Tenses
    • Is It a Verb or Not a Verb?
    • Identifying Modifiers