Ch 3: FTCE: Sentence Structure

About This Chapter

Let us show you how to improve your writing skills. The video lessons and self-assessment quizzes in this chapter provide several approaches to help you correctly answer questions about sentence structure on the FTCE General Knowledge Test.

FTCE: Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary

Watch the lessons in this chapter to learn how to be a better writer. As you prepare for the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) General Knowledge Test, our videos can teach you to write clear, complete sentences and to avoid grammar pitfalls like dangling modifiers and run-on sentences. Topics covered in these videos include the following:

  • Sentence structure and clarity
  • Parallel sentences
  • Independent and dependent clauses
  • Coordinating and correlative conjunctions
  • Sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • Irrelevant sentences

Objectives of the FTCE: Sentence Structure Chapter

Sentence structure is covered in the English Language Skills subtest of the FTCE General Knowledge Test, which is required of those seeking teaching certification in the state of Florida. This 40-question subtest measures your expertise with grammar, spelling, capitalization and punctuation, as well as your conceptual and organizational, word choice and sentence structure skills. Questions on this subtest are in multiple-choice format, and six of the 40 center on sentence structure skills.

Our lessons on sentence structure can introduce you to the types of questions you'll see on the English Language Skills subtest through pre-assessment quizzes that test your knowledge in this area. Learning to be a better writer through these lessons in sentence structure also could prove beneficial when you reach the essay portion of the FTCE General Knowledge Test.

10 Lessons in Chapter 3: FTCE: Sentence Structure
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

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.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

2. 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.

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.

How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

4. 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

5. 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.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

6. 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.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

7. 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 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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

9. 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.

Identifying Irrelevant Sentences in a Passage

10. Identifying Irrelevant Sentences in a Passage

Irrelevant sentences can detract from the meaning of a passage. This lesson will explain what an irrelevant sentence is and demonstrate ways to identify them in a passage. We will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.

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