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Ch 35: NES ELA: Grammar Conventions

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Brush up on grammar conventions for the National Evaluation Series (NES) English Language Arts (ELA) exam with the video lessons and quizzes in this chapter.

NES ELA: Grammar Conventions - Chapter Summary

This chapter contains everything you'll need to know about grammar conventions for the NES ELA exam. You'll cover punctuation, sentence structure and commonly confused words. Lesson topics also include:

  • Complex subject-verb agreements
  • Capitalization rules
  • Question and exclamation marks
  • Apostrophes, parentheses and dashes
  • Brackets, hyphens, ellipses and quotation marks

Chapter topics are broken down into short, easily understandable video lessons. Each lesson lasts less than ten minutes and is accompanied by a full written transcript. Assess your readiness for grammar questions on the NES ELA exam with lesson quizzes and the chapter exam.

NES ELA: Grammar Conventions Objectives

The lessons in this chapter will help you develop strategies to correctly answer questions on grammar in the English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process and Research subarea of the NES ELA exam. This test subsection accounts for about 19% of the total test score. You'll be tested on the conventions of Standard Written English, including punctuation, word usage and grammatical structure.

The NES ELA exam is part of the certification requirements for English teachers in some states. The exam consists of 150 multiple-choice questions on reading, literature and communications. It lasts three hours and is delivered electronically at a designated testing site.

11 Lessons in Chapter 35: NES ELA: Grammar Conventions
Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

1. 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.

Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

2. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

3. Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

Sentences that aren't parallel sound funny, even if they look perfectly correct at first glance. Learn what makes a sentence parallel, how to revise a sentence to make it parallel, and how to write beautiful, balanced sentences of your own.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

4. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

Commonly Confused Words in English

5. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

6. 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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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.

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