English Language and Composition

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Parts of Speech Overview

1 Introduction to Course 09:11

This is a short introductory lesson that lets you know why it is so important to understand the parts of speech. Don't skip it! 

2 POS Prac Review, Sec 1, L 1 14:49

Review the Identifying POS using sentences from Hunger Games.

3 Nouns and Pronouns 28:03

This lesson introduces the student to nouns and pronouns.

4 Review Practices, Sec 1, L 2 10:46

Reviewing practices for nouns and pronouns, Sec 1, Lesson 2

5 Verbs, Adjectives, and Adverbs 22:04

An overview of verbs, adjectives, and adverbs, explaining their properties and functions in sentences.

6 Review Practices, Sec 1, L 3 09:25

Find our the correct answers to each of the practices for Sec 1, Les 3, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs

7 Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections 17:23

Defining prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections as well as explaining their functions in sentences.

8 Review Practices, Sec 1, L 4 07:26

Lesson covers 3 practices uploaded for Lesson 4, Sec 1- prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections.

(Key to "Colorful Parts of Speech" can be located in parents' resources.)

A Detailed Look at Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives

9 Nouns, Part I 26:48

Common, proper, concrete, abstract, compound, collective nouns are discussed. Nouns and subject-verb agreement is introduced (to be built upon later in series).


10 Review Practices,Sec 2, L 5 14:09

Reviewing common/proper, concrete/abstract, compound, and collective nouns

11 Nouns, Part II 23:17

Lesson takes a closer look at singulars and plurals, regular and irregulars. This lesson covers forming and recognizing possessive nouns as well. Subject/verb agreement is briefly touched upon.

12 Review Practices, Sec 2, L 6 08:29

Reviewing practices focused on singulars, plurals, and possessives, Sec 2, Les 6

13 Pronouns, Part I 17:34

  • Pronouns and antecedents
  • Personal pronouns: nominative, objective, and possessive cases 

14 Review Practices, Sec 2, L 7 08:11

Focus on nominative, objective,and possessive case pronouns

15 Pronouns, Part II 22:52

Focused study of demonstrative, interrogative, and relative pronouns.

16 Review Practices, Sec 2, L 8 06:05

demonstrative, interrogative, and relative pronouns practice

17 Pronouns, Part III 18:40

A focused study of indefinite, reflexive, and intensive pronouns.


18 Review Practices, Sec 2, L 9 06:15

reflexive, intensive, and indefinite pronouns

19 Adjectives 30:00

  • Noun/pronoun modifiers
  • The questions they answer
  • Proper adjectives
  • Articles
  • Predicate adjectives
  • Review nouns, pronouns, adjectives section

20 Review Practices, Sec 2, L 10 06:12

video/lesson covers answers to practice for Lesson 10, Adjectives

All About Those Verbs and Adverbs

21 Verbs, Part I 29:54

This lesson looks at action, linking, and state-of-being verbs as well as their associated complements, predicate adjectives, predicate nominatives, and direct objects.

22 Review Practices, Sec 3, Les 11, Verbs I 05:27

lesson/video discussing correct answers for Verbs I practice

23 Verbs, Part II 29:58

  • verb phrases
  • principal parts of verbs
  • tenses
  • conjugating verbs

24 Review Practices,Sec 3, L 12, Verbs Pt 2 21:34

Reviewing practices covering principal parts of verbs, verb conjugation, and verb tenses.

25 Verbs, Part III 23:24

  • emphatic forms
  • understanding time of tenses
  • simple and compound predicates
  • active and passive voice

26 Review Practices, Sec 3, Les 13, Verbs III 09:12

Reviewing Verbs Pt III, emphatic form, using tenses, simple/compound predicate, and active/passive voice

27 Adverbs 21:11

  • defining adverbs
  • adverb formation
  • adverb types
  • degrees of comparison
  • regulars and irregulars

28 Review Practices, Sec 3, Les 14, Adverbs 03:59

Understanding and using adverbs

Function Words: Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections

29 Prepositions 29:56

  • Commonly used prepositions
  • Prepositional phrases
  • Prepositional phrases as modifiers

30 Review Practices, Sec 4, L 15, Prepositions 06:17

Reviews prepositions and use in sentences.

31 Conjunctions 28:33

Lesson covers coordinating, subordinating, and correlative conjunctions as well as conjunctive adverbs.

32 Review Practices, Sec 4, Les 16, Conjunctions 06:53

presents answers to practices for Conjunctions, Sec 4, Les 16

33 Interjections and POS Review 14:42

Lesson covers interjections and their correct usage.

Lesson includes a short review of the preceding seven parts of speech.

34 Review Practices, Sec 4, Les 17, Interjections 02:50

reviews answers to practices provided for Sec 4, Les 17, Interjections

Strong Words

35 Use Specific Nouns 14:49

Using specific nouns improves writing/speaking clarity, vividness, and power. This lesson gives examples and provides practice in using specific nouns.

36 Review Practices, Sec 5, Les 18, Specific Nouns 03:32

Review practices for Specific Nouns, Sec 5, Les 18

37 Powerful Verbs 16:27

This lesson explores the vivid verb and how it enhances writing and speaking. Students are encouraged to dig deeper to find fresh, strong verbs rather than using overused, tired verbs.

38 Review Practices, Sec 5, Les 19, Powerful Verbs 02:45

Review practice exercise(s) for Verbs, Sec 5, Les 19

39 Using Precise Adjectives 13:43

This lesson focuses on the power of precise adjectives to improve students' writing skills. When paired with specific nouns, descriptive adjectives help readers and listeners to receive a clear mental image of what the writer or speaker is communicating.

40 Review Practices, Sec 5, Les 20, Precise Adjectives 05:34

Review practice answers for Precise Adjectives, Sec 5, Les 20

41 Using Precise Adverbs 19:41

This final lesson in the Strong Words section covers the importance of using appropriate, precise adverbs to add clarity to the mental image writing or speaking produces in others' minds. Using a good adverb along with a powerful verb (or adjective or adverb) can only increase the power of the whole writing or speaking product.

It also includes reminders concerning the use of the other parts of speech, pronouns, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections, which are limited lists of words, but they have specific uses and specific meanings. If these are used incorrectly, it weakens the overall message.


42 Review Practices, Sec 5, Les 21, Precise Adverbs 04:36

Review answers to practice(s) for Precise Adverbs, S 5, L 21

A Look Ahead to Next Course

43 What's Next? 08:15

English Language and Composition: Knowing the Parts Means Understanding the Whole, Part II, will cover the following topics.

Basic Sentence Parts

complete subjects and predicates

sentence or fragment?

simple subjects and predicates

compound subjects and predicates

hard-to-find subjects

direct objects, indirect objects, and objective complements (direct and indirect objects)

subject complements (predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives)

Phrases and Clauses

prepositional clauses as adjective and adverb clauses

appositives and appositive phrases

verbal phrases -partiples and participial phrases; gerunds and gerund phrases; infinitives and infinitive phrases

independent clauses

subordinate (dependent clauses) - adjective, adverb, and noun clauses

Writing Effective Sentences

sentences classified by structure and function (simple, compound, complex, compound-complex) (declarative, iterrogative, imperative, exclamatory)

sentence combining

varying sentences



misplaced and dangling modifiers

faulty parallelism


This course begins with an overview of the eight parts of speech (POS) followed by an in-depth study of each. We will cover nouns, pronouns, adjectives, verbs, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections, learning to define, recognize, and use them correctly and effectively in speech and composition.


This course is designed for students in grades 7-12.


This course includes

  • 43 lessons
  • over 10 hours of video
  • 21 content-based lessons
  • 21 reviewing practices lessons (I review each worksheet step by step)
  • Course resources including 20 extra practices, information, notes, tests, and test keys
  • Each of the 21 content-based lessons includes the following:
    • self-checks along the way within the lesson video, so students should always have paper and pencil at hand
    • a formal practice activity with a corresponding video reviewing the answers to the practice
    • an online computerized test



Course resources include 20 extra items: practices, notes, tests, keys, answer templates, etc., to be used at parents' discretion. 


After successfully completing this course, students will have a strong foundation in grammar upon which to build higher level grammatical skills. Students will be ready to move into the second course which will focus on sentence construction, phrases and clauses, diagramming sentences, sentence types, common sentence errors, and parallel structure which will strengthen grammar, language, and writing skills needed for being successful at the secondary and post secondary levels. 


Unit 1: Parts of Speech Overview

8 lessons - introducing all 8 parts of speech

Unit 2: A Detailed Look at Nouns, Pronouns, and Adjectives

12 lessons - covering propertiesand uses of nouns, types of pronouns and their uses, and adjectives as modifiers of nouns and pronouns

Unit 3: All About Those Verbs and Adverbs

8 lessons - covering action and linking/state-of-being verbs, transitive and intransitive verbs, complements, and adverbs as modifiers of verbs, adjectives, and other modifiers

Unit 4: Function Words: Prepositions, Conjunctions, and Interjections

6 lessons - covering commonly used prepositions and prepositional phrases, types and uses of conjunctions, and function of interjections

Unit 5: Strong Words

8 lessons - covering the importance of using specific, powerful nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in writing

Unit 6: A Look Ahead to Next Course

1 course overview





  • Teacher: Sandra
  • Areas of expertise: English/Language Arts, 6-12 Social Studies, 6-9
  • Education: BS/English MA/English National Board Certified
  • Interests: Reading, walking, water aerobics, travel
  • Skills: Literature, grammar, writing
  • Associations: National Education Association/NC Association of Educators; NBCT
  • Issues I care about: Public education, cancer awareness, Christianity

Hello! I am excited to continue teaching in a video environment. After teaching 31 years in the classroom, I retired from full time work, but I still love to teach! This format will allow me to continue sharing my expertise with others while providing more flexibility in my personal schedule. I hope the courses I've designed will help you or your student better understand the elements of our language.

Course Resources

Includes 20 extra practices, information, notes, tests, and keys.

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