About This Chapter
Standard: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.7.2)
About This Chapter
Here your students will get a boost in their knowledge of basic grammatical principles, learning to use punctuation and capitalization properly in our short videos taught by experienced English teachers. They will also explore sentence structure and improper word usage. Specifically, these videos describe:
- Colons, semicolons, periods, apostrophes, and quotation marks
- Subject-verb agreement and parallelism
- Sentence structure
- Capitalization rules
- Commonly confused words
- Question and exclamation marks
- Hyphens, brackets, parentheses, dashes, and ellipses
Student aptitude in these skills will be demonstrated as they create copy generally free of common errors and effectively proofread their own work as well as that of their peers. They will be able to explain why a given correction is necessary and identify words which have been used incorrectly.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
Use these simple activities to help introduce these video lessons in class.
After watching the video on complex subject-verb agreement, ask students to build their own complex sentences. Have them begin with a simple sentence with a single subject and predicate. Next guide them to take that same sentence and first invert the word order, then make the single subject a compound subject, and, finally, write a sentence with an interrupting phrase. They should have four sentences for each iteration of the exercise. Alternatively, you might take sample sentences from a text you are reading as a class and have the students modify the sentences by simplifying or complicating them.
First watch the video on parallelism with your students. Then split the class into small groups and provide each group with a printout of several sentences lacking balance due to one of the error categories mentioned in the video. Instruct each small group to come up with a balanced sentence, discussing amongst themselves which parts disagree and how to make them more balanced. Have each group explain one of their corrections and discuss the results as a class.
Assigning these videos as homework is easy. You can either have all of your students watch the videos and complete their corresponding quizzes at home, or you can use your teacher interface to assign specific lessons to students who need extra practice in that area. Proctor the chapter test in class to see how well-prepared students are for upcoming tests.
1. 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.
2. Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases
Learn how subject-verb agreement is essential to written language. Three common problems with subject-verb agreement are discussed with tips for avoiding the most common errors.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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?
11. 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.
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Other chapters within the Common Core ELA Grade 7 - Language: Standards course
- English Language Conventions: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1
- Phrases and Clauses: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1A
- Types of Sentences: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1B
- Modifiers: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.1C
- Comma Rules: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2A
- Spelling: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.2B
- English Language Knowledge: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.3A
- Determining Meaning with Context: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.4A-D
- Figurative Language: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.5A-C
- English Vocabulary: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.7.6