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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; grammar worksheets are available for additional practice.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|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.|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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