AdvancedGrammarComposition

12 yrs and up, $300.00, 14 week course (includes private tutorial time) – Prerequisite: a grasp of the basic parts of speech and their usage

[Parents: If helpful, you may request a placement quiz to determine if this course is a good fit for your child from Nicole Noster (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If they struggle with any of these concepts, we recommend taking Foundational Grammar first.]

This course is a bridge between Foundational Grammar and Intro to High School Writing, for students who are familiar with grammar basics but not quite ready for high school essays. It focuses on the more complex rules of grammar, covering clauses, phrases, and sentence structure and includes an introduction to the world of paragraph writing. Students will develop strong writing basics that will help them when they enter the high school stage of composition. This course does build upon the concepts of WISDOM's Foundational Grammar course, but it is not essential that Foundational Grammar is taken first if students already have a sufficient grasp of the basic parts of speech and their usage.

To ensure that each student understands the course as it progresses, student and tutor will have a private 15 minute tutorial once a week to review assignments together and clear up any questions the student might have. Each week there is a reading element, a new grammar concept, and a series of exercises and writing components to solidify understanding. A large part of absorbing and understanding grammatical concepts comes from seeing those concepts in action, through reading good literature, and then executing them in one's own writing.


Week 1: The 8 Parts of Speech (Part I) - Reading: "The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen

Week 2: The 8 Parts of Speech (Part II) - Reading: "A Medieval Romance" by Mark Twain

Week 3: The 8 Parts of Speech (Part III) - Reading:  "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Week 4: Phrases and Clauses - Reading: "The Student" by Anton Checkhov

Week 5: Verbs (Part I) - Reading: "The Third Ingredient" by O. Henry

Week 6: Verbs (Part II) - Reading: "The Invisible Man" by G. K. Chesterton

Week 7: Review -  Reading: "Jeeves Takes Charge" by P.G. Wodehouse

Week 8: The Sentence -  No Reading (review)

Week 9: Objects - Reading: "Babette’s Feast" by Isak Dinesen, Ch. 1 - 5

Week 10: The Paragraph AND Sentence Structure - Reading: "Babette’s Feast" , Ch. 6 - 12

Week 11: Supporting Sentences: Facts, Examples, Definitions AND Punctuation (Part II) - Reading:  "The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell

Week 12: Supporting sentences: Arguments, Anecdotes, Analogies AND Punctuation (Part III) - Reading: "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" by James Thurber

Week 13: Supporting sentences: Comparisons & Contrasts AND Subject-Verb Agreement - Reading: "The Possibility of Evil" by Shirley Jackson

Week 14: Final Review - Reading: "The Pedestrian" by Ray Bradbury