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Compass Writing Skills: Punctuation - Chapter Summary
Learn the common punctuation marks and how they are correctly used by reviewing the material in this chapter. This action can help you to pass the Compass Writing Skills test. The video lessons you'll see highlight proper punctuation usage in a fun and engaging way. Material covered in this chapter includes:
- Using exclamation marks and quotation marks
- Comma usage
- Periods, brackets, hyphens, ellipses, colons and semi-colons
- Apostrophes, dashes, parentheses
- Sentence fragments and run-on sentences
The key terms in these lessons appear in bold so that you can easily identify the main points. Gauge your familiarity with a range of punctuation marks by taking some quick self-assessment quizzes while you're studying.
ACT Compass Writing Skills: Punctuation Objectives
This chapter covers all the material that you need to know to avoid making errors in punctuation. The ACT Compass Writing Skills placement and diagnostics tests are used to assess your skill level with many writing components, including punctuation. The placement test's questions are all multiple-choice. Learning targets for this chapter include correctly using:
- Parentheses and dashes
- Hyphens, brackets and ellipses
- Colons and semicolons
1. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs
In this lesson, we'll find out what punctuation is. We'll then learn some rules for using the most common punctuation marks as well as review sample sentences utilizing the punctuation rules.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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?
6. 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
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