Ch 26: ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: Grammar Conventions

About This Chapter

You can use the video lessons contained in this chapter to study up on some key points related to grammar conventions. These topics will be essential to know if you are taking the ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA Exam.

ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA Exam: Grammar Conventions - Chapter Summary

If you are going to take the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+) Grade 8 ELA Exam, you will need to have a thorough understanding of the topic of grammar conventions. To this end, watch the video lessons you'll find in this chapter for all of the information you will need to know. The lessons are divided up into different subtopics, such as:

  • Punctuation use
  • The correct usage of commas
  • Subject-verb agreement
  • Parallel sentences
  • Capitalization rules
  • The correct usage of parentheses and dashes
  • How to use hyphens

The lessons and quizzes in this chapter will give you a comprehensive overview of any and all information on this subject you might need to know for the ISTEP+ Exam. The information from the video lessons can be reviewed using convenient self-assessment quizzes that serve to develop a complete understanding of the material. Once you've gone through the whole chapter, you'll have a much bigger leg up when it comes time to take the exam itself!

14 Lessons in Chapter 26: ISTEP+ Grade 8 ELA: Grammar Conventions
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Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

2. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

3. 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.

Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

4. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative

Conjunctions are parts of speech that join together other words, phrases and clauses in sentences. Learn all about two types of conjunctions - coordinating and correlative - in this lesson.

Complex Subject-Verb Agreement: Inverted Order, Compound Subjects & Interrupting Phrases

5. 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.

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.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

7. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

8. 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.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

9. 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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

10. 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.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

11. 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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

12. 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.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

13. 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?

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

14. 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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