The complete Writing Whatever online writing course is popular with colleges and universities, which install it on their learning management systems (Moodle, Canvas, Blackboard, etc.) for all the faculty and students to access. Writing labs and freshman composition classes are the primary users of the course, as well as those students who might be weak in some aspects of writing.
But wait. Wouldn’t it be nice to arrive at college and not have to worry about your writing skills? Or wouldn’t it be even better to arrive at college because of your writing skills?
That’s why I took all of the lessons out of the online course and made them into easy-to-use e-books, which are simple to download and watch on a desktop computer or any Android or iOS device. And once you have downloaded them, you can watch (and rewatch) them anytime and anywhere, without wifi. Each volume contains between three and five videos, averaging about five minutes apiece.
So, if you or someone in your home has ever said, “I know what I want to say, but I don’t know how to say it,” these lessons will make a world of difference. The time is right, the need is obvious, and the course is guaranteed—literally. If after 30 days you find that the lessons have not been helpful, I will quickly return your money. But having taught this program to thousands of students over a career of more than 40 years, I think you will be happy.
In three words, this simple graphic summarizes the way writing should be taught. When the class is reading To Kill a Mockingbird, the teacher should take time to point out the great sentences—their structure, their detail, their variety. And she should not hesitate to use grammar terms to do it, especially phrases and clauses.
After finishing the book, she should assign a creative paper in which the students select three of those wonderful sentences, empty out Harper Lee's words, and pour in their own. Teacher and students will find that all the other sentences will rise, inspired by the quality of Lee's writing, and they will be the best stories those students have ever written.
That's the way Writing Whatever teaches writing. We study real sentences, real paragraphs, real essays, and use the real grammar vocabulary. All the elements must always be connected.
I want the world to know about this method. I did not invent it, but I have taught it to thousands of students for decades. It works.
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