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Compass Writing Skills: Mechanics - Chapter Summary
Review the content on proofreading, avoiding redundancy and multiple other topics that help strengthen writing quality. Our short video lessons reinforce the writing mechanics issues seen in text lessons. This chapter discusses the following:
- Capitalization rules
- The use of idioms and phrasal verbs
- Avoiding redundancy and faulty comparisons
- The keys to good writing
- Fixing mistakes in writing
- Homophones and homonyms
- Developing good diction
- Proofreading and editing for mechanics
There is a lesson transcript for you to review that goes along with each mechanics-related video lesson you watch in the chapter. You can use the video tags to easily navigate between specific points.
ACT Compass Writing Skills: Mechanics Objectives
There are multiple-choice questions on the ACT Compass Writing Skills placement test that require knowledge of mechanics to fix essay flaws. The diagnostics exam assesses your skill with mechanics factors such as capitalization and spelling. This chapter's lessons thoroughly cover the mechanics topics you need to know for the exam's questions. Some learning goals of this chapter include:
- Avoiding faulty comparisons
- Effectively proofreading an essay
- Writing idioms and phrasal verbs
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.
2. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View
Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.
3. 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.
4. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons
Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.
5. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept
Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.
6. 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.
7. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing
Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!
8. 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.
9. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)
Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.
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.
11. 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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