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 moving along from sentence to sentence with the flow that great writing demands. 

The "Sentence" course consists of 25 lessons, with more than two hours of videos, plus pages for reading, exercises for assignments, and a forum for discussions at the end of each section. (See the Course Curriculum, below. You may recognize that "The System" is the first section).

These lessons are designed for grades 7-9, 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.


Course curriculum

  • 1
    The Numbering System
    • Section 1 — Video
    • Flow After
    • Is it a Level 1?
    • Section 2 — Video
    • Flow Before
    • Section 3 — Video
    • Flow Down the Middle
    • Forum — Numbering System
    • 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
    • Forum — Present Participial Phrase
  • 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
    • Forum — Past Participial Phrase
  • 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
    • Forum — Noun Phrase
  • 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
    • Forum — Absolute Phrase
  • 6
    Adjective Cluster
    • Section 18 — Video
    • An Old Friend Revisited
    • Sample Sentences
    • Adjective Cluster Ex. A
    • Exercise answers A
    • Forum — Adjective Cluster
  • 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
    • Forum — Adjective Clause
  • 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
    • Forum — Adverb Clause
  • 10
    The Final Three
    • Section 25 — Video
    • Seldom Free
    • Sample Sentences
    • Forum — The Final Three
  • 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!

A note about pricing

"The Sentence" course is sold for a fixed price of $189. At the end of the course you will find a coupon for $20 off the price of "The Paragraph." This discount will be repeated when you enroll in "The Essay." The total price will thus be the same as for "The Complete" course, but this is an easier entry point and the program will mature at the student's pace.