Ch 2: CHSPE Language: Sentence Structure

About This Chapter

Improve your skills as a writer using the techniques given in our chapter on sentence structure. The skills you acquire and polish will help you as you prepare to take the language arts section of the CHSPE exam.

CHSPE Language: Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary

There is often a vast difference between knowing what you want to say and saying it well. If the pen is truly mightier than the sword, these lessons can not only help you sharpen your sword, they can help you wield it with greater power and effect. The videos will help you improve your skills in the following areas:

  • Improving and varying your sentence structure
  • Passive and active voice in writing and sentence structure
  • Working with clauses and modifiers
  • Writing clear, complete, correct sentences
  • Using parallelism in writing
  • Using verbs: tense and agreement, avoiding inappropriate shifts
  • Writing sentences with correct collective ownership

We make our lessons short, easy to follow and fun to do, with fully written transcripts that mirror what you are viewing. Our instructors are highly skilled and qualified experts in their fields, who are available to you whenever you have questions or need additional assistance.

14 Lessons in Chapter 2: CHSPE Language: Sentence Structure
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How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

1. 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.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

2. Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

Learn the meaning of sentence structure and the importance of varying sentence structure in writing in this lesson. Four strategies to help you vary your sentence structure will also be described.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

3. 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.

Passive Sentence: Structure & Examples

4. Passive Sentence: Structure & Examples

Explore how passive sentences have gotten a bad rap in the grammar world through a discussion of structure and examples. Learn when to employ them, how to revise them, and then test your knowledge with a quiz.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

5. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

6. 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.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

7. 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 Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

8. Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences are grammatical and stylistic bugs that can seriously derail an otherwise polished academic paper. Learn how to identify and eliminate these errors in your own writing here.

Active and Passive Voice

9. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

10. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

11. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

12. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

13. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

14. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

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