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Approx. 16 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Learn how the words you choose can change the decisions people make

  • Use syntax strategically

  • Write with originality and produce sentences that nobody else can write

  • Arrange a complex set of information in a reader-friendly way

Skills you will gain

PersuasionCreativityWritingTime managementEditing

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Beginner Level

Approx. 16 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

5 hours to complete

The Words Under the Words

5 hours to complete
21 videos (Total 50 min), 12 readings, 5 quizzes
21 videos
Making You More Persuasive2m
Errors and Insights3m
Mechanics and Strategy4m
Map to a Decision3m
Saints vs. Jerks4m
Better at Getting Better3m
S.M.A.R.T. Goals and Stretch Goals2m
Résumé Review4m
6-60-63m
Technical and Tactical58s
Punctuation and Professionalism2m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Comma Splice3m
Notes on Nuance: "Un-"1m
Good Sentences3m
Reflection is a Team Sport2m
Student Takeaway: Words Under the Words22s
Student Takeaway: Better at Getting Better25s
Student Takeaway: T-Shaped25s
Student Takeaway: 6-60-636s
Student Takeaway: Writing as Mapping31s
12 readings
Teaching Style + Resources3m
Help Us Learn More About You!10m
Class Clips10m
Activity - Errors and Insights25m
Performing Under Pressure and Expressive Writing10m
Good with Words Chapter 1 ("The Words Under the Words")20m
Class Clips: "Writing as Mapping"15m
"A Note About Me"5m
Activity - S.M.A.R.T. Goals Self-Assessment45m
Activity - Résumé Review45m
Notes on Nuance: "Un-"3m
Activity—Good Sentences (Education)15m
5 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice4m
Low-Stakes Practice10m
Punctuation Practice: Comma Splices3m
Nuance Practice: "Un-"10m
Weekly Review (Graded)15m
Week
2

Week 2

3 hours to complete

The Infinite Power of Grammar

3 hours to complete
12 videos (Total 25 min), 8 readings, 4 quizzes
12 videos
Previously On: The Words Under the Words2m
Previously On: Deliberate Practice2m
Previously On: Mechanics and Strategy1m
Writing as Redecorating2m
The Infinite Power of Grammar2m
The Animal Farm Priniciple1m
Punctuation and Professionalism: "However"5m
Notes on Nuance: "Almost" and "Even"1m
Takeaways1m
Student Takeaway: Passive on Purpose25s
Student Takeaways: Positive No16s
8 readings
Activity — Previously On15m
Good With Words Chapter 2 ("The Infinite Power of Grammar")20m
Class Clips15m
Positive No10m
Notes on Nuance: "Almost" and "Even"5m
Activity— Good Sentences (Entrepreneurship)15m
Resource Request3m
Activity - Takeaway Reflection5m
4 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Punctuation Practice: "However"5m
Nuance Practice: "Almost" and "Even"10m
Weekly Review (Graded)15m
Week
3

Week 3

4 hours to complete

The Rule of Three

4 hours to complete
8 videos (Total 16 min), 9 readings, 6 quizzes
8 videos
Previously On: Syntax1m
Previously On: The Animal Farm Principle3m
The Rule of Three1m
Punctuation and Professionalism: Adverbial Conjunctions5m
Notes on Nuance: "To"1m
Takeaways1m
Student Takeaway: Rule of Three 29s
9 readings
Activity - Previously On10m
Class Clips10m
Good With Words Chapter 3 ("The Rule of Three")20m
Alliteration, Restraint, and a Mind at Work10m
Alliteration: Fan Favorite?2m
Student-->Teacher (Optional)20m
Notes on Nuance : "To"3m
Activity—Good Sentences (Criminal Law)15m
Activity - Takeaway Reflection5m
6 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Alliteration30m
Punctuation Practice: Adverbial Conjunctions5m
Nuance Practice: "To"5m
Weekly Review (Graded)15m
Week
4

Week 4

4 hours to complete

The Power of the Particular

4 hours to complete
13 videos (Total 35 min), 11 readings, 5 quizzes
13 videos
Previously On: "Interleaving"5m
Previously On: "To"1m
The Power of the Particular1m
Sentences Nobody Else Can Write2m
Sentences Nobody Else WOULD Write1m
S-H-A-P-E2m
The S-H-A-P-E Framework: Class Clip12m
Punctuation and Professionalism (Coordinating Conjunctions)3m
Notes on Nuance: Chiasmus2m
Student Takeaway: Earn Your Generalizations26s
Student Takeaway: Sincerity Takes a Few Drafts28s
Next Course51s
11 readings
Activity - Previously On10m
Good with Words Chapter 5 ("The Power of the Particular")20m
Strive for Five Activity45m
"Pleasures of Hating" Activity20m
Class Clips10m
(Optional) Activity—What Happens If You Win?20m
Notes on Nuance: Chiasmus3m
Chiasmus: Fan Favorite?2m
Activity—Good Sentences (Food)15m
Book Recommendations3m
Course Feedback10m
5 practice exercises
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Low-Stakes Practice5m
Punctuation Practice (Coordinating Conjunctions)5m
Nuance Practice: Chiasmus5m
Weekly Review (Graded)15m

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....
Good with Words: Writing and Editing

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