MUGs (Mechanics, Usage, Grammar)

Basic Writing Skills

According to the English Language Arts curriculum, you will need to learn the following:

  1. Language Usage and Context: refers to the impact of context on choice of language usage (e.g., when texting, using informal short-form language; when writing an essay, using more formal standard Canadian English) 
  2. Elements of "Writing Style": diction, figurative language, tone, inclusive language, degree of formality 
  3. Syntax and Sentence Fluency: use of a mix of simple, compound, and complex sentences; correct pronoun use; subject-verb agreement; use of transitional words; and awareness of run-on sentences and sentence fragments 
  4. Mechanics: common practices in all standard punctuation use, in capitalization, in quoting, and in Canadian spelling