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Ch 1: 8th Grade Language Arts: Punctuation & Grammar

About This Chapter

The punctuation and grammar chapter of this 8th grade language arts class helps students strengthen their skill set in order to write more effectively. Some of the features available in this chapter include quizzes and short video lessons.

Punctuation and Grammar - Chapter Summary

With our entertaining video lessons, 8th grade students will grasp the fundamentals when it comes to punctuation and grammar. The lessons cover the types of punctuation and use several examples to illustrate their proper usage in sentences. Teachers and parents can assign the self-assessment lesson quizzes and chapter exam to see how well their students understand the material.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
Capitalization Rules in Writing Students receive an overview of when to capitalize words in the English language.
Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods Instructors explain the meaning of colons, semicolons and periods and when to use them.
Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules This lesson offer an introduction to fundamental comma rules.
Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts Examine the many ways that commas can be used.
Question Mark: Definition, Use & Quiz Understand the meaning and usage of question marks.
Exclamation Mark: Use, Meaning & Quiz Discover the definition and reasons for using an exclamation mark.
Apostrophe: Use, Examples & Quiz This lesson explores the apostrophe and its many uses.
Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage Learn the difference between parentheses and dashes and when to use them.
Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks Get an explanation of the four types of punctuation and how they're used in sentence structure.
How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions Understand what hyphens are and how they should be used.

10 Lessons in Chapter 1: 8th Grade Language Arts: Punctuation & Grammar
Capitalization Rules in Writing

1. Capitalization Rules in Writing

Capitalization is a very important concept in standard grammar in the written form of the English language. Watch this video lesson to learn what capitalization is and when to use it.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

2. Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

Periods, colons, and semicolons all have the ability to stop a sentence in its tracks, but for very different purposes. In this lesson, learn how and why we use them in our writing.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

3. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

4. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

5. Question Mark: Definition & Use

A question mark (?) is a form of punctuation placed at the end of a sentence. Its main purpose is to specify a query or question. In this lesson, we will take a look at when you should and should not use a question mark in your writing.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

6. Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

The exclamation mark (!), also called the exclamation point, is a form of punctuation that is sometimes used at the end of a single word, phrase or complete sentence. Its goal is to express an extremely strong and intense statement.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

7. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

8. Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

Parentheses and dashes are two different (but often confused) ways of setting off a chunk of information within a sentence - do you know how to use them correctly?

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

9. Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

Writing not only consists of letters and words but many forms of punctuation. Watch this video lesson to learn about four types of punctuation: hyphens, brackets, ellipses, and quotation marks.

How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

10. How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

In this lesson, we will define hyphens, discuss the rules for using a hyphen correctly, and then explain why a hyphen is important for clarity in your writing.

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