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Writing to Win Applied Grammar is a full sentence-combining curriculum of writing practices that teach correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Systematic oral, kinesthetic, and written practices ensure all students master state language standards. Ten levels of Sentence Building texts allow optimal differentiation.

  • Simple pretest and posttest rewrite passages
  • Engaging puzzles that analyze and build mature sentences
  • 25+ lessons, grade levels 1-10
  • Instructional video for an effective oral mini-lesson
  • Interactive video for in-class student orientation
  • Interactive video for teaching training

The online edition assigns lessons, provides immediate feedback to every puzzle, and records student performance by lesson and language standard for reporting.

WHY Applied Grammar is our way to learn language!


It’s engaging!                     Puzzles in each lesson beg to be solved!


It’s proficiency based!    Students move from proficiency level 0 to 3 in just weeks


It’s trackable!                    Students leave a trail of mastering each grammatical pattern


It’s data informed!          Students completing 2+ lessons / week post significant gains

Sentence Combining

The strategy of Applied Grammar’s Sentence Building

A 1965 research study at Harvard Graduate School of Education showed how sentence combining boosted student scores of writing quality. 200+ studies confirm its positive impact on reading comprehension, vocabulary, and language skills of basic, gifted, and special needs students. Sentence Building implementations consistently produce results that exceeds that of the original study.

Every year our classroom action research posts double-digit gains in the percent of proficient or distinguished learners (green bar).

  • An urban elementary school with 90% of its students below grade level saw scores grew 15% to within 11% of the state 3-year average (purple bar).
  • A suburban middle school approached the state average for the first time.
  • A rural middle school met the state average after years of settling for less. bb

A rural high school exceeded the state average after two years of decline.


Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online so effective?

Oral, written, and kinesthetic practice engages students in a productive learning routine. All students become engaged in the rhythm of creating sentences in the first oral mini-lesson.


Does Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online cover all state language standards?

Every one of them. And Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online helps you identify subgroups of students in need of reteaching.


Does Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online develop students keyboarding skills?

It really does. Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online coaches students in precision keyboarding and spelling. After 6-8 lessons, students word process with significantly increased fluency and accuracy.


Will Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online help my students learn to identify and explain the grammar patterns they practice?

Absolutely. Take the example of a lesson creating complex sentences. It closes with a study of the Grammatical Pattern Practiced where students explain the pattern to a partner using terms like complex sentence, dependent clause, conjunction, or adverb clause.


Does Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online give students practice in all three writing genres?

Without a doubt. The grammatical patterns students acquire help them write in all three genres. Some lessons help students create sentences that result in full informational, narrative or argumentative writing.


Does Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online support the steps of the writing process?

It does. The strategies that students meet in Applied Grammar Online work well as a concrete, practical revision strategy.


Does Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online do more than prepare my student to perform well on tests of extended writing?

Much more. Students score better on tests of knowledge in reading and the English Language Arts. Students use mature sentence patterns and word choice as they talk in class. They shed their anxiety about speaking and writing Standard Written English.


What makes Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online different from traditional grammar instruction?

There are two critical differences. Applied Grammar Online includes only sentences of Standard American English with no intentional errors. Also, students practice putting mature grammatical patterns together not taking them apart.


What about the Impact of Writing to Win Applied Grammar Online has on class environment?

There are three noticeable changes. When students routinely use Applied Grammar Online, teachers report 1) fewer absences, 2) greater student interest in how writing works, and 3) an increased desire among students to master level after level sentence patterns on the software.