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GACE Middle Grades ELA: Grammar and Punctuation - Chapter Summary
Use the lessons found in this chapter as part of your review of grammar and punctuation rules, in preparation for the GACE Middle Grades ELA Exam. The videos include all the subjects you need to study, including:
- Basics of punctuation
- Complex subject-verb agreement
- Parallel sentences
- Sentence structure
- Often-confused English words
- Rules for capitalization
- Use of the exclamation mark
- The apostrophe
- Parentheses and dashes
- Hyphens, ellipses, brackets and quotation marks
Our expert instructors guide you through everything on grammar and punctuation that you studied in college and need to revisit for the test, and possibly give you a new idea or two. The animated lessons can be watched and completed in the order you choose.
Objectives of the GACE Middle Grades ELA: Grammar and Punctuation Chapter
The GACE Middle Grades ELA Exam is a standardized test measuring your knowledge and comprehension of all areas of Middle Grades English Language Arts. A passing grade is required to be licensed as a teacher in the state of Georgia. The lessons in this Grammar and Punctuation chapter are part of Subarea III: Language Use and Vocabulary, which makes up 15% of the test questions. You can practice with the kinds of questions you'll see on the test, and also check on your mastery of the material, by taking the self-assessment quizzes that come with the lessons.
The exam consists of 90 selected-response items and 2 constructed-response items. For the selected-response items, you will read a passage or question, and then choose the correct answer from the array displayed. For the constructed-response items, you will write brief essays. One will be a literary analysis, and the second will be a teaching/writing assignment.
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. 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.
6. 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.
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 GACE Middle Grades Language Arts (011): Practice & Study Guide course
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Parts of Speech
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Phrases & Clauses
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Types of Sentences
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: English Language Modifiers
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Comma Rules
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Spelling Rules in English
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Foundations of Reading Development
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Word Meanings
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Literary Terms & Organization
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Themes in Written Works
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Inference & Context
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Elements of Plot in Literature
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Points of View in Literature
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Literary Genres
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Nonfiction
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Types of Literary Fiction
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Fiction
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Literary Drama
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Poetry
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Analyzing Prose
- Strategies for Reading Persuasive Texts
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Figures of Speech
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Reading Informational Texts
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Reading Strategies for Comprehension
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: English Literature
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Georgia Authors
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Essay Writing
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: The Writing Process
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Language in Writing
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Descriptive Writing Strategies
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Narrative Writing Strategies
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Expository Writing Strategies
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Persuasive Writing Strategies
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Research Paper Components
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Effective Speaking Strategies
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Effective Listening Strategies
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Vocabulary
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Dialect & Diction
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Teaching Writing
- GACE Middle Grades ELA: Assessments