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Requires a basic understanding of writing and the English language

Approx. 15 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Beginner Level

Requires a basic understanding of writing and the English language

Approx. 15 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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University of Michigan

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

4 hours to complete

Sentence Flow

4 hours to complete
9 videos (Total 14 min), 15 readings, 7 quizzes
9 videos
Sentence Flow53s
Architects of Information2m
Architects of Time3m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Deviations from Coordinating Conjunction Rules2m
Notes on Nuance: "If"1m
Takeaways1m
Student Takeaway: Old Friends34s
Student Takeaway: Architect of Time38s
15 readings
Teaching Style + Resources3m
Help Us Learn More About You!10m
Good with Words Chapter 8 ("Clarity and Coherence")20m
Class Clips10m
Class Clips10m
Class Clips10m
Exercise—Old Friends30m
Spotting Sentences3m
Exercise—Spotting Sentences (Percentages)10m
Good Writing, Good Teacher5m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Introduction and Review10m
Notes on Nuance: Introduction and Review10m
Notes on Nuance: "If" and "If Not"10m
Exercise—Good Sentences (Finance)20m
Exercise—Takeaways Reflection5m
7 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice10m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Positive Deviance5m
Notes on Nuance Practice: "If" and "If Not"5m
Nuance Review: "If Not" and "Almost"5m
Weekly Review (Graded)20m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Corresponding Ideas in Corresponding Form

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 11 min), 16 readings, 9 quizzes
8 videos
Previously On: Venn Diagram2m
Previously On: Architect of Information1m
Punctuation and Professionalism—Coordinating Conjunctions (Deviation Part II)2m
Notes on Nuance: "As"1m
Takeaways56s
Student Takeaway: Nifty Not19s
Student Takeaway: Agreement21s
16 readings
Previously On: Introduction and Review5m
Exercise—Previously On10m
Good with Words Chapter 7 ("Corresponding Ideas in Corresponding Forms")20m
Class Clips10m
Exercise—Agreement15m
Class Clips10m
Exercise—Omit20m
Exercise—Nifty Not20m
Nifty Not: Fan Favorite?2m
(Optional) Rhetorical Repetition10m
Rhetorical Repetition: Fan Favorite? 3m
Resource Request (Structure and Organization)5m
Notes on Nuance: "As"10m
Exercise—Good Sentences (War)10m
Exercise—Takeaways10m
Edit Our Edits2m
9 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice 7m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice (Awkward Repetition)5m
Low-Stakes Practice (Rhetorical Repetition)5m
Punctuation Practice: Positive Deviance Part II 5m
Notes on Nuance Practice: "As"5m
Weekly Review (Graded)15m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Show and Tell

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 11 min), 11 readings, 6 quizzes
7 videos
Previously On: Symmetry is What You See at a Glance1m
Show and Tell1m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Conjunctions Affect Other Conjunctions3m
Nuance Spotlight: Jane Austen2m
Takeaways35s
Student Takeaway: Summary and Scene34s
11 readings
Exercise—Previously On: Reflection10m
Show and Tell10m
Exercise—Summary and Scene (Optional)20m
Exercise—Reverse Outline (Optional)1m
Student-->Teacher (Optional)20m
(Optional) Word Choice, Word Confusion10m
Exercise—Who vs. Whom5m
Nuance Spotlight: Jane Austen10m
The Jane Austen Centre (Quizzes and Movies)10m
Good Sentences (Intellectual Property)15m
Exercise—Takeaways Reflection10m
6 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice (Who vs. Whom)5m
Punctuation Practice: Conjunctions Affect Other Conjunctions5m
Nuance Practice: Jane Austen5m
Weekly Review (Graded)15m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Paragraphing

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 10 min), 10 readings, 5 quizzes
7 videos
Previously On: Old Information to New Information2m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Nonrules ("And" and "But")3m
Notes on Nuance: At Once1m
Takeaways29s
Student Takeaway: Paragraphing29s
Next Course43s
10 readings
Exercise—Previously On: Reflection10m
Paragraphing15m
Exercise—The Rhythm of Roth (Optional)15m
Raindrops vs. Waterfalls: What is the Structure of Your Text Messages?10m
Notes on Nuance: "At Once"10m
Good Sentences (Medicine)15m
Exercise—Takeaways Reflection10m
Book Recommendations (Travel)3m
Exercise—Thank You Letter (Optional) 3m
Course Feedback10m
5 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Punctuation Practice: Starting a Sentence with "And" or "But"30m
Nuance Practice ("At Once")5m
Weekly Review (Graded)15m

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About the Good with Words: Writing and Editing Specialization

Perhaps the most important thing students and professionals of all kinds can do to improve their effectiveness is embrace the following advice: become good with words. This series of courses targets the writing side of that recommendation. The skills it focuses on include everything from how to arrange a complex set of information in a reader-friendly way, to how to give and receive high-quality feedback, to how to consistently hit deadlines. Part of Professor Barry’s proceeds from this course will be donated to the COVID-19 relief efforts of Ozone House, a shelter for homeless youth in Southeastern Michigan where he regularly conducts job-training workshops. These proceeds come from purchases of the version of the course that earns you a certificate. The course remains free for anyone who is simply auditing....
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