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Ch 14: SAT Subject Test Literature: Language and Sentence Structure

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Review how word choice, spelling, grammar, and other elements of structure add up to clear sentences to prepare you for the SAT subject exam in literature. Video lessons and quizzes incorporate all of the elements of this section in a simple and clear manner.

SAT Literature: Language and Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary

Use our video lessons to help you understand the elements that go into smooth, easy-to-understand writing. The language and sentence structure chapter includes:

  • How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?
  • How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay
  • How to Structure Sentences in an Essay
  • Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences
  • Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences
  • How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
  • How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
  • How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs
  • Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays
  • Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing
  • How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar
  • Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

Our video instructors introduce you to the most important elements of writing, showing you how to look for each one in your own writing or reading. Feel prepared to take the SAT literature subject test after reviewing how to break down a sentence.

SAT Literature Objectives

When you take the SAT literature subject exam, you demonstrate how well you've learned the subject as it's commonly taught in U.S. classrooms. You'll answer questions over 6-8 passages that are usually excerpts from longer works, but may be complete poems. These test your knowledge of literature from the Renaissance to the 20th century and include English-language writers from England, the U.S., and other parts of the world.

You'll answer about 60 multiple-choice questions in all. The types of works represented on the exam include:

  • Poetry - 40%-50%
  • Drama (plays) - up to 10%
  • Prose, including both essays and fiction - 40%-50%

12 Lessons in Chapter 14: SAT Subject Test Literature: Language and Sentence Structure
How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

1. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

2. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

3. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

4. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

5. 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.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

6. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

7. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

8. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

9. Using Rhetorical Skills to Write Better Essays

In this video, you will explore the basics of identifying your purpose and audience and learn how to use effective rhetorical skills in your persuasive writing.

Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

10. Writing Revision: How to Fix Mistakes in Your Writing

Writing is an important skill, but revising your writing is also. In this lesson, learn the basics of self-editing, including editing for content and for mechanics, such as grammar and misspellings.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

11. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

12. Practicing Essay Writing to Get Better at Writing

It can be tough to practice your essay-writing skills on your own without a teacher's feedback. With some time and practice (and by using this game plan), you'll be on your way to practicing, evaluating and improving your writing.

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