Basic Writing Skills

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

This unit is a quick review of all the things you should have learned by the time you enter 7th grade. In fact, some of the most common mistakes that I see every year are things that you should have learned in first or second grade.

So stop making excuses. This is the year that you're going to "level up." This is the year that you're going to start paying attention to the difference between your and you're, and there and their, and this year, you're going to start each sentence with a capital letter and end each sentence with a period. And the sooner you develop these good writing habits, the better. Because now you've been warned: If you continue to make these sorts of mistakes, you're going to earn half points, at best, for anything you write.

How to Do This Unit

The first lesson in this unit is a list of the 100 most common mistakes that I see at the 7th grade level. Study this list carefully. I call this list a "reference sheet" because you'll want to return to it again and again.

The next five lessons are a basically a "self test"—a chance for you to assess your ability to spot these mistakes and avoid them. If these five quizzes are easy for you—congratulations! You don't need to spend any more time on this unit.

However, if you make more than one or two mistakes, this unit is meant for you.

The rest of the lessons can be done in any order.

Instruction for the Quiz

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