Raleigh, NC (PressExposure) April 22, 2014 -- After several months of development, GCFLearnFree.org has expanded upon its Grammar program with a set of 13 lessons and an interactive on homophones, adding to the 13 grammar videos the organization published late last year.
The lessons cover the basics of when to use commas, semi-colons, and quotation marks, as well as how to easily decipher adjectives from adverbs and how to avoid run-on sentences. Additional topics include contractions, possessives, negatives, sentence fragments, capitalization, pronouns, and abbreviations and acronyms. The homophones interactive takes learners through words that sound the same but that are spelled differently and have different meanings. All are designed to be both entertaining and educational, with easy-to-understand explanations of how these grammatical rules apply in the real world.
"Our learners have been asking for grammar lessons for a long time, so this was an important project for us," says Elizabeth Szypulski, lead instructional designer for the organization's math and reading programs. "What makes these lessons exciting is that they're very accessible. They're short and simply written. They're even funny! Online grammar resources tend to be very dry and technical, so we're excited to offer something a bit different."
What makes them stand out from other lessons found within GCFLearnFree.org is that these grammar-focused lessons feature original art and imagery. Each lesson includes drawings, as well as stills that are also found in the grammar videos as a way to tie it all together.
GCFLearnFree.org's quirky grammar videos, released in December, are designed to help viewers easily understand when to use commonly misused terms and words. Through the videos, viewers are able to remember when to use "your" and "you're", "its" and "it's", "literally" and "figuratively", and "lose" and "loose", among other terms.
For more information on grammar lessons, visit GCFLearnFree.org's recently redesigned website at http://gcflearnfree.org/grammar.