WRITING LEARNING OBJECTIVES
Book 1 – Spelling
• Form plurals using s and es.
• Form plurals for words ending in y, f, and fe.
• Add suffixes that begin with vowels to words.
• Add suffixes that begin with consonants to words.
• Add common prefixes to words.
Book 2 – Capitalization and Punctuation
• Capitalize proper nouns.
• Capitalize words in appropriate situations.
• Use correct end punctuation.
• Use commas to separate items in a series; to set off nonessential information; to separate main clauses in compound sentences; and in other situations.
Book 3 – Nouns and Verbs
• Recognize roles of nouns and verbs in sentences.
• Use “helper” verbs correctly to form various tenses.
• Recognize words commonly mistaken for and misused as verbs.
• Use sit and set, lie and lay, and rise and raise correctly.
Book 4 – Subject-Verb Agreement
• Select correct verbs for subjects with either/or, neither/not, or but/also.
• Select verbs for subjects that are collective nouns.
• Select verbs for sentences beginning with there or here.
• Select verbs for each, everybody, no one, and everybody.
• Select verbs for subjects with positive and negative elements.
Book 5 – Pronouns
• Use subject and object forms of pronouns correctly.
• Use “divide and conquer” strategy for compound subjects and objects.
• Use who, which, and that correctly.
• Use possessive pronouns correctly.
• Distinguish possessive pronouns from sound-alike contractions.
• Use these, those, and them correctly.
Book 6 – Modifiers
• Recognize the function of modifiers.
• Use good and well correctly.
• Distinguish between real/very, fewer/less, and many/much.
• Use barely, scarcely, and hardly correctly.
• Use comparative and superlative forms of modifiers correctly.
• Recognize when the possessive of a noun is used and form it correctly.
Book 7 – Sentence Structure and Expression
• Recognize and correct run on sentences and sentence fragments.
• Place modifiers for clarity.
• Edit for parallel construction.
• Edit to combine ideas.
• Edit to omit the unnecessary.
Book 8 – Composition: Logic, Organization
• Identify main ideas in paragraphs
• Select effective topic sentences.
• Order sentences in paragraphs for clarity.
• Omit irrelevant information and reduce wordiness.
• Use transitional words and phrases effectively.
Book 9 – Word Choice, Style
• Reduce redundancy.
• Select correct homonyms.
• Edit for active voice.
• Eliminate it, you, and they when there is no clear antecedent.
• Distinguish between commonly confused words.
Book 10 – Review
• Review ways to modify run-ons and fragments, rules for subject-verb agreement, rules for correct usage, guidelines for using helper verbs, ways to find and omit irrelevant information, ways to find effective topic sentences, ways to connect ideas.