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(NOTE:Each chapter contains Spelling and Writing sections.)
I. MAINLY ABOUT SIMPLE SENTENCES BUT ALSO TOUCHING ON THE PARAGRAPH.
1. Getting Started.
The Alphabet. Punctuation Marks. Format. Topic: You and Your Classmates. Mechanics: The Alphabet. Basic Punctuation Marks. Using Capital Letters. Standard Format. Correction Symbols.
2. Basic Sentence Concepts.
Simple Sentences. The Present of Be. The Present Progressive. Topic: Juan Mustafa Chan and His Classmates. Mechanics: What is a Simple Sentence? Grammar: The Present of the Verb Be. Using the Verb Be. The Present Progressive Tense.
3. Basic Paragraph Concepts.
Unity. Grouping of Sentences. Format. Topic: Jobs. Reading: A Waitress. Rhetoric: Unity. Grammar: The Simple Present Tense. Adverbs of Frequency. Order of Place and Time Adverbials. Mechanics: Standard Format for a Paragraph.
II. MAINLY ABOUT BUILDING PARAGRAPHS BUT ALSO DEVELOPING FLEXIBILITY IN SENTENCES.
4. Inside the Paragraph.
Chronological Organization. Topic Sentences. Major Supports. Transitions. Conclusions. Topic: Daily Routines. Reading: A Morning in the Life of Farmer Gray. Rhetoric: About Outlines. Transitions for Chronological Order. Mechanics: Commas after Transitions. Commas in Lists.
5. Amplifying Your Ideas.
The Relationship Between Sentences. Writing Two Sentences about One Thing. Topic: Everything Under the Sun. Mechanics: Punctuating Between Sentences. Grammar: Pronouns. Rhetoric: Using Pronouns Clearly. Related Sentences.
6. Toward Tighter Writing.
Deductive/Descriptive Paragraphs with a Variety of Sentence Patterns. Topic: Cities. Reading: Unusual Oberlin. Rhetoric: Different Kinds of Paragraphs. Basic Concepts for Titles and Topic Sentences. Titles. Topic Sentences. Controlling Ideas. Grammar: There + Be. Mechanics: Compound Sentences with And and But. Mechanics Review.
7. Expanding and Improving the Deductive/Descriptive Paragraph.
Adding Minor Supports. Eliminating Irrelevant Ideas. Topic: Interesting Places. Reading: The Oval Office. Rhetoric I: The Controlling Idea and Irrelevant Sentences. A New Concluding Transition. Mechanics: Prepositional Phrases Beginning a Sentence: Transitions for Spacial Organization. Prepositions of Position. Rhetoric II: Expanding the Paragraph: Adding Minor Supports.
III. MAINLY ABOUT PUTTING THE DEDUCTIVE PARAGRAPH TO WORK BUT ALSO COMPLETING THE BASIC SENTENCE PATTERN REPERTOIRE.
8. Development Flexibility.
Describing in the Past or Present. Writing Complex Sentences. Topic: How People Travel. Reading: Travel in Steerage. Rhetoric: Transitions for Description. Grammar: The Past of Be. What Can Follow Was and Were? The Past Tense of Regular Verbs. Have to. Be Able to. Mechanics: More about Prepositional Phrases at the Beginning of Sentences. Complex Sentences with When and Because.
9. Writing Factual Reports and Biographies.
Chronological Order in the Past. Fact Versus Opinion. Compound Sentences with So. Topic: Events and People in the Past. Part I: Reporting Past Events. Reading I: Noriko's New Car. Rhetoric: Facts, Not Opinions. Controlling Ideas in Factual Reporting. Major Supports in Factual Reporting. No Conclusion in Factual Reporting. Mechanics I: Compound Sentences with So. Punctuation Review. Grammar: The Past of Irregular Verbs. Part II: Writing Biographies. Reading II: Useful Expressions in the Biographies of Two American Presidents. Mechanics II: Overall Review.
10. Taking a Stand.
Stating an Opinion. Supporting It with Facts. Topic: Raising the Young. Reading: Video Games in Malravia. Rhetoric: Topic Sentences for Taking a Stand. Supporting an Opinion with Facts. Quick Outlines. Transitions for Taking a Stand. Order of Importance. Grammar: Modals: Must, Can, and Should. Mechanics: Final Review.
Appendix A: Punctuation.
Appendix B: Irregular Verbs.
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