No matter what kind of writing you do, sentences are your top priority. Using the lessons from "The Sentence," you will soon be writing sentences unlike anything you've ever written before. You'll learn the vocabulary of great writing, how to build suspense and deliver the action, and how to design your style to match your audience. Best of all, you will be in total control, making decisions with confidence, capturing the sharp details, and finally achieving that elusive quality called "flow."

The "Sentence" course consists of 25 lessons, with more than two hours of videos, plus dozens of examples from great authors and exercises to make sure you get it. 

These lessons are designed for grades 6-10, when the focus is on creative writing and narrative essays, and for older students and independent learners who want to review or concentrate on these areas. This course sets the stage for the later lessons on paragraphs and essays.

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Course curriculum

  • 1

    The Numbering System

    • Introduction

    • Section 1 — Video

    • Flow After

    • Is it a Level 1?

    • Section 2 — Video

    • Flow Before

    • Section 3 — Video

    • Flow Down the Middle

    • How to do the Exercises

    • Numbering System-Ex. A

    • Exercise answers

  • 2

    Present Participial Phrase

    • Section 4 — Video

    • What's Happening?

    • Sample Sentences

    • Pres. Part. Ph.-Ex. A

    • Exercise answers A

    • Pres. Part. Ph.-Ex. B

    • Exercise answers B

    • Pres. Part. Ph.-Ex. C

    • Exercise answers C

    • Section 5 — Video

    • Where To Put It?

    • Section 6 — Video

    • Commas or Not?

    • Section 7 — Video

    • Messy Modifiers

    • Section 8 — Video

    • "–ing" Look-Alikes

  • 3

    Past Participial Phrase

    • Section 9 — Video

    • What Happened?

    • Sample Sentences

    • Past Participial Phrase-Ex. A

    • Exercise answers A

    • Past Participial Phrase-Ex. B

    • Exercise answers B

    • Section 10 — Video

    • Commas or Not? Again

    • Section 11 — Video

    • Messy Modifiers — Again

    • Section 12 — Video

    • The Passive Alternative

  • 4

    Noun Phrase

    • Section 13 — Video

    • Getting Closer

    • Sample Sentences

    • Noun Phrase -Ex. A

    • Exercise answers A

    • Section 14 — Video

    • The Indefinite Trick

    • Section 15 — Video

    • Nouns from Verbs

  • 5

    Absolute Phrase

    • Section 16 — Video

    • The Storyteller's Secret

    • Section 17 — Video

    • With "with"

    • Absolute Phrase -Ex. A

    • Exercise answers A

    • Absolute Phrase -Ex. B

    • Exercise answers B

    • Absolute Phrase -Ex. C

    • Exercise answers C

  • 6

    Adjective Cluster

    • Section 18 — Video

    • An Old Friend Revisited

    • Sample Sentences

    • Adjective Cluster Ex. A

    • Exercise answers A

  • 7

    Adjective Clause — Part 1

    • Section 19 — Video

    • Human Relatives

    • Sample Sentences

  • 8

    Adjective Clause — Part 2

    • Section 20 — Video

    • Non-Human Relatives

    • Sample Sentences

    • Adjective Clause -Ex. A

    • Exercise answers A

    • Adjective Clause -Ex. B

    • Exercise answers B

    • Section 21 — Video

    • Commas or Not? Again

    • Section 22 — Video

    • Clear Pronoun Reference

  • 9

    Adverb Clause

    • Section 23 — Video

    • Bring in the Subs

    • Sample Sentences

    • Section 24 — Video

    • "Lest" You Mess Up

    • Adverb Clause -Ex. A

    • Exercise answers A

    • Adverb Clause -Ex. B

    • Exercise answers B

  • 10

    The Final Three

    • Section 25 — Video

    • Seldom Free

    • Sample Sentences

  • 11

    Exercises — Answers

    • Numbering ans

    • Pres. Part. Ph.-Ex. A-ans

    • Present Part C ans (1)

    • Past Part A ans

    • Past_Part_B_ans

    • Noun Phrase A ans

    • Absolute Phrase A ans

    • Absolute Phrase B ans (1)

    • Absolute Phrase C ans

    • Adjective Cluster A-ans

    • Adjective Clause A ans

    • Adjective_Clause_B_ans

    • Adverb Clause A ans

    • Adverb Clause Ex. B answers

    • Congratulations!

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