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Ch 4: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Sentence & Paragraph Types

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Reinforce your understanding of the different structures and types of sentences and paragraphs, including sentence structures you should avoid. Use this knowledge to improve your writing for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Sentence & Paragraph Types - Chapter Summary

In these lessons, our experienced instructors will help you review the different types of sentences and their uses. This chapter will also address some of the sentence structures you should avoid when writing for the City University of New York (CUNY) Assessment Test in Writing (CATW). The lessons focus on:

  • Structures of sentences in essays
  • Exclamatory, declarative, interrogative and imperative sentences
  • Properties of and methods for correcting sentence fragments and run-on sentences
  • Differences between complete and incomplete sentences
  • Rules for forming paragraphs
  • Tips and tricks for structuring paragraphs and sentences
  • Sentence patterns and varying sentence structures

All of the lessons will allow you to explore different aspects of sentence and paragraph types. The material in this chapter is accessible day or night via your mobile or traditional technology. Quizzes and transcripts are included. Video tags will allow you to go directly to the locations of the lessons you want to revisit and skip over the material you already know.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Sentence & Paragraph Types Chapter Objectives

Along with the SAT, ACT and N.Y. State Regents exams, CUNY accepts scores from the CUNY Assessment Test (CAT) college entrance exams. CAT is composed of three different subtests that include the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW). When you take the CATW, you will have 90 minutes to read a passage and write an essay response to it. Improve your understanding of the different sentence and paragraphs structures before you take this exam, so that you will be able to use this knowledge to construct a clear and effective essay.

13 Lessons in Chapter 4: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Sentence & Paragraph Types
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How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

1. 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.

Exclamatory Sentence: Definition & Examples

2. Exclamatory Sentence: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how types of sentences express specific meanings. In particular, we'll learn about exclamatory sentences and go over examples to demonstrate their importance.

Declarative Sentence: Definition & Examples

3. Declarative Sentence: Definition & Examples

Declarative sentences make up a large part of our written and spoken language. They are relatively easy to spot, but they can throw us some curve balls. This lesson gives you the tools to identify declarative sentences.

Interrogative Sentence: Definition & Examples

4. Interrogative Sentence: Definition & Examples

There are four types of sentences we use on an everyday basis. In this lesson, you will learn about one of those important kinds of sentences: the interrogative. What is that?

Imperative Sentence: Definition & Examples

5. Imperative Sentence: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you'll learn how to identify imperative sentences, including variations and quirks that might throw you off track at first. You'll also learn what makes them negative or affirmative and how to spot tag questions.

What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

6. What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

Find out what sentence fragments are and how to correct them. Learn the different ways sentence fragments can happen and how they relate to phrases as well as dependent and independent clauses.

Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

7. Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

Find out what run-on sentences are and how they can interfere with your writing. Learn about the different types of run-on sentences and how to correct them with punctuation, coordinators and subordinators.

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.

Complete Sentence: Examples & Definition

9. Complete Sentence: Examples & Definition

Although it seems simple, writing in complete sentences is a necessity that can trip up even seasoned writers. In this lesson, we will examine how to write in a complete sentence and why it is so important.

Complete and Incomplete Sentences: Examples & Overview

10. Complete and Incomplete Sentences: Examples & Overview

Writing complete sentences is essential to clear communication. In this lesson, we will look at how to write a complete sentence and analyze common errors students tend to make.

Paragraphs: Definition & Rules

11. Paragraphs: Definition & Rules

Almost all forms of writing are structured into paragraphs. Watch this video lesson to learn not only the definition and purpose of a paragraph but its proper structure and how to make a paragraph effective.

Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

12. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks

Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.

Sentence Patterns & Variation

13. Sentence Patterns & Variation

Want to make your writing more appealing to your readers? This lesson discusses how to use sentence patterns and variation in sentences to evoke interest through your writing.

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