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Lesson Videos

Lesson Notes & Quizzes

  • Available as a digital file with your purchase, or as a spiralbound book (325 pages).
  • Includes the lecture notes for every lesson in each module, 1-2 quizzes for most lessons, and an answer key for the quizzes.

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Need help organizing the digital curriculum? We’ve got a helpful entry on our blog that covers just that!

How Grammar for Writers Works

Grammar for Writers is a video-based, self-paced course designed to help learners feel less fear about getting grammar wrong, and more freedom in the flexibility that English affords.

Each of the brief videos is accompanied in the printed or digital book by a couple of pages of notes, grammatical examples, and diagrams. We recommend homeschools budget 20 minutes for these elements. Many lessons have a quiz or two that could be spaced across a week to provide ample time for review, rewatching, and correction.

The curriculum is organized around topics more than a certain number of days or weeks. We recommend parents review the list of topics shown below in order to determine how best to fit the lessons into your homeschool.

List of Video Lessons

Please note that the video lessons do not have exactly the same titles as the sections in the textbook to which they correspond. This is for a variety of reasons, but primarily because the video lessons often cover more than just one section in the book. Please use the Scope and Sequence or the markers in the textbook such as [ ▸ 15.3] to match up videos and textbook sections.

Module 1: The Main Line

  1. Module 1 Introduction (5:45)
  2. The Main Line (7:00)
  3. Identifying Verbs and Subjects (12:05)
  4. Identifying Objects and Complements (9:37)
  5. The Five Clause Patterns (12:43)
  6. Actors and Actions, Subjects and Verbs (9:37)
  7. What Is Passive Voice? (9:14)
  8. Uses of the Passive Voice (5:53)
  9. Nominalization (10:57)
  10. Strong Verbs vs. Precise Verbs (12:38)
  11. Keeping Subjects Close to Verbs (12:29)
  12. Compounds on the Main Line (11:05)
  13. Verb Tenses (9:04)

Module 2: Modifiers

  1. Module 2 Introduction (11:54)
  2. Adjectives and Adverbs (14:52)
  3. What’s So Bad About Adverbs? (8:54)
  4. Prepositional Phrases (Part 1) (8:52)
  5. Prepositional Phrases (Part 2) (9:29)
  6. Participles (10:56)
  7. Participial Phrases (12:19)
  8. Infinitives and Infinitive Phrases (7:25)
  9. Subordinate Clauses (Introduction) (14:44)
  10. Adjective Clauses (8:59)
  11. Adverb Clauses (10:49)
  12. More on Subordinate Clauses (10:13)
  13. Misplaced Modifiers (8:02)
  14. Module 2 Conclusion (7:16)

Module 3: Noun Equivalents

  1. Module 3 Introduction (7:55)
  2. Noun Clauses (8:48)
  3. Gerunds and Infinitives (8:03)
  4. Appositives (7:16)
  5. Essential and Non-Essential Elements (10:12)
  6. Module 3 Review (5:45)

Module 4: Connections and Transitions

  1. Module 4 Introduction (4:20)
  2. Subject-Verb Agreement (8:10)
  3. Pronouns and Antecedents (9:21)
  4. Connecting Clauses (Part 1) (9:08)
  5. Connecting Clauses (Part 2) (8:15)
  6. Parallelism (16:03)
  7. Nominative Absolutes (5:41)
  8. Course Wrap-Up (5:38)

FAQ

This is a good question, and we don’t have a good answer. This is primarily because everyone has a different learning style. We recommend that you try out each method: watching, then reading; and reading, then watching. 

All to say, there is no “right” way of doing this. Just figure out what works best for your son or daughter.

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