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Ch 29: MTEL English: Writing Conventions

About This Chapter

Use this chapter to review basic writing conventions as part of your studies for the MTEL English exam. These lessons address various facets of writing in a clear and concise way to help strengthen your understanding of this subject.

MTEL English: Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary

Knowledge of standard writing conventions is a valuable asset when taking the MTEL English exam as it prepares you for answering relevant questions and composing free-response answers on the test. The content covered in this chapter will help refresh your abilities relating to the following:

  • English grammar
  • Sentence clarity
  • Paragraph rules and structure
  • Spelling and punctuation
  • Editing for content and mechanics
  • Modifiers
  • Proofreading

As you view these brief video lessons, follow along by reading each associated transcript. Seeing this content in written form can help you process the information more thoroughly. After you view each lesson, be sure to take the self-assessment quizzes to practice answering questions about writing conventions in a multiple-choice format, much like the format of the MTEL English exam.

MTEL English: Writing Conventions - Chapter Objectives

The main objective of the MTEL English exam is to test your abilities and knowledge of the English language in anticipation of attaining your licensure to teach this subject in public schools in Massachusetts. There are 100 multiple-choice questions and 2 free response questions on the test. One of the objectives of this test is to demonstrate an understanding of rhetoric and composition, with a grasp of the conventions of written language. Roughly 17% of the test pertains to this objective, which is the main focus of this chapter.

Through reviewing these lessons carefully, your understanding of writing conventions will be refreshed and strengthened. Using the lesson quizzes to practice answering multiple-choice questions about grammar, spelling, proofreading, and other topics will help you feel more confident about answering similar questions in the same format on the MTEL English exam. In addition, the skills you develop through studying these lessons will help you compose free-response answers with well-written English, free from spelling and grammatical errors.

14 Lessons in Chapter 29: MTEL English: Writing Conventions
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What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview

1. What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview

In this lesson, we'll look at the grammatical structure of the English language. What are the basic parts of speech that make up the building blocks of sentences? Keep reading, and you'll see!

What Are Articles in English Grammar? - Definition, Use & Examples

2. What Are Articles in English Grammar? - Definition, Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will explore three very small but important words in the English language: the articles a, an and the. These are words that you use in almost every sentence that you speak or write. Learn about the significance of articles, when to use them and some examples.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

3. 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.

Paragraphs: Definition & Rules

4. 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.

How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

5. How to Structure Paragraphs in an Essay

When structuring a paragraph, you shouldn't just go throwing together a few sentences. The sentences that make up a paragraph should all flow together and represent the same topic to make up a strong paragraph. This video explains how to put together your sentences and paragraphs to maximize their impact.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

6. Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

In this lesson, we will discuss why it is important to have correct spelling in your writing. We will then discuss some tips to be sure you are using correct spelling.

What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

7. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

In this lesson, we'll find out what punctuation is. We'll then learn some rules for using the most common punctuation marks as well as review sample sentences utilizing the punctuation rules.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

8. 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.

Grammatical Error: Examples & Corrections

9. Grammatical Error: Examples & Corrections

Some people consider grammar to be a dry or unimportant topic, but don't believe the hype! Grammar is important, and it can be fun with the right approach. Grammar rules help you communicate clearly and efficiently, and they'll help you put your best foot forward when it comes to your written work.

Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

10. Editing for Content: Definition & Concept

Learn what editing for content means and how it's different from editing for spelling, punctuation and grammar. Review the list of things to look for in a content edit. Read the lesson, and then take the quiz to test your new knowledge.

Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

11. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

12. 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.

What is Proofreading? - Definition & Symbols

13. What is Proofreading? - Definition & Symbols

Proofreading is the process of looking for and correcting errors in your work. Learn how to proofread accurately and effectively before submitting anything you write.

How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

14. How to Proofread an Essay for Spelling and Grammar

Proofreading is the last step in revising an essay - don't skip it! A single typo can sometimes ruin the hard work of an entire paper. This lesson will help you find the right proofreading strategy for you.

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