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.

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