Perfecting Grammar and Style – Dates: 6/15 – 8/10


Dates: 6/15 – 8/10 (No Class on 7/6-7/7)

Time: Sat & Sun 5:00PM – 7:00PM

((What is the most obvious sign that someone is not good at English? Grammar! An old lady needs to pee really badly, but is afraid to go into the restroom because the sign says, “Toilet is ONLY for disabled elderly pregnant children.” The old lady is not pregnant and no longer a child, though her full bladder does make walking around hard! A small comma can make a big difference. After 30 hours of class time, this course will prepare you to understand the parts of a sentence and how to add style to your writing. A big plus is that it also prepares you to write great essays for the ACT and SAT.

  • Perfecting Grammar and Style (PGS) is designed for grades 9-12 is a lecture- and workshop-based course that boosts student success on the ACT and SAT essays.
  • Over the 15 sessions (2 hours/session), there will be two in-class quizzes and two take-home exams.  PGS incorporates a functional review of grammar and writing before transitioning to timed writing strategies for analytical and argumentative essays.
  • By the end of this course, students should be able to (a) identify functional parts of a sentence and paragraph in order to make conscious decisions about writing style and (b) understand how to write an effective ACT or SAT essay.
  • Dates: 6/15 – 8/10 (No Class on 7/6-7/7)
  • Time: Sat & Sun 5:00PM – 7:00PM
Class Syllabus


Lesson Topic Homework Test Dates
1 Parts of Speech  Prepare for quiz
2 Phrases and Their Functions Prepare for quiz Quiz 1 – Parts of Speech
3 Clauses and Their Functions Prepare for quiz Quiz 2 – Phrases
4 Sentences  – An Overview Prepare for quiz Quiz 3 – Clauses
5 Sentences – Part Two Prepare for quiz Quiz 4 – Sentences
6 Punctuation Prepare for quiz Quiz 5 – Sentences
7 Paragraphs – Part One Prepare for quiz Quiz 6 – Punctuation
8 Paragraphs – Part Two Prepare for quiz Quiz 7 – Paragraphs
9 Midterm Exam Prepare for quiz MIDTERM
10 Essays – Part One Study for Quiz 8
11 Essays – Part Two Study for Quiz 9 Quiz 8 – Expository-Analytical Essays
12 Essays for Standardized Tests Analyze standard test essays and write analysis Quiz 9
13 Drafting and Editing Write first draft of final paper; bring to class Quiz 10
14 Final Paper – Part One Complete final paper; study for final exam
15 Final Paper – Part Two FINAL EXAM


Additional information


2019 Summer