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Mastering English Composition

Unit 1. Getting Started

About the importance of English composition.

Unit 2. Words

The building blocks that we use to write. Endlessly fascinating, the English language, originally Anglo Saxon, now includes thousands of words shamelessly borrowed and incorporated from other languages and cultures; on building vocabulary.

Unit 3. Sentences

The course of bricks (words) that convey the ideas or points that will make up our paragraphs. “I want to live, love and write good sentences about it.” So said a famous author. On the constituent parts of our sentences.

Unit 4. Paragraphs

– The basic unit of English composition. Master the paragraph and you are halfway to excellent writing skills. What makes for an effective paragraph. AI will not do it for you, despite the hype; learn to do it yourself.
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Unit 5. The Draft

All good writing begins with a bad first draft.” So said a famous American author. Any writing project, big or small, starts with a first draft. This unit teaches various ways to get started.

Unit 6. Editing For Clarity

This course aims to teach editing skills because, most times, you, the writer, will also have to be your own editor. This unit is devoted to developing editing skills to achieve clarity of expression.

Unit 7. Editing For Simplicity

In all things, the greatest virtue is simplicity.” So said a famous American author. And so it is with writing. The simplest expression of what we write is the goal. We want to spare our reader the burden of reading unnecessary or obscure words, superfluous phrases, or extraneous thoughts.

Unit 8. Writing For Advocacy

More often than not, we write to advocate for a position, idea or point of view. Op-eds, legal briefs, theses and dissertations, love letters (!). This unit teaches techniques for the writer to put on her or his hat as an advocate.

Unit 9. Punctuation

Believe it or not, as this unit will show, punctuation can be fun. But fun or not, it is essential for the writer to know and use correct punctuation.

Unit 10. Grammar

Unlike punctuation, there is nothing fun about grammar. But, like punctuation, it is essential for good writing, and the time spent to brush up grammar skills will pay big dividends for your writing.

Unit 11. Capitalization, Italics And Numbers

Not very exciting but things you need to know that, once you know them, makes writing simpler for you.
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Unit 12. Proofreading

About the vital importance of proofreading your work to ferret out and correct all those typos, misspellings, wrong verb tenses and a myriad of other mistakes that have unwittingly crept into your work. Careful proof reading makes the difference between the mediocre and the excellent.

Unit 13. Resources For The Writer

A list of resources for the writer to know about or have on hand to help relieve some of the burden or writing.

Unit 14. Summing Up

The short unit pulls together the teaching of Writing with Lucy, and wishes you well in your writing endeavors.