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Ch 14: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Grammar, Syntax & Sentence Structure

About This Chapter

Set some time aside and look through this chapter, which contains materials about grammar, syntax and sentence structure. The goal of this chapter is to prepare you for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Grammar, Syntax & Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary

Go through the lessons in this interactive chapter to learn strategies that will help you answer questions relating to sentence structure and grammar on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. You will renew your skills to:

  • Structure sentences in an essay
  • Improving your sentence structure
  • Vary your sentence structure
  • Compare and contrast independent and dependent clauses
  • Avoid sentence fragments
  • Use active voice
  • Use the appropriate subject-verb agreement

Our instructors will assist you in learning topics from all of the lessons, which will be addressed on the actual exam. After gaining this knowledge, you will be able to write more effectively.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Grammar, Syntax & Sentence Structure Chapter Objectives

Taking the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam is one requirement for licensure as a Minnesota educator. All of the materials that are found in this chapter are part of the subarea 2 section of the exam, which makes up 15% of the entire test. You will be asked to answer both multiple-choice and open-response questions. Our short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes help you prepare for this exam.

14 Lessons in Chapter 14: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Grammar, Syntax & Sentence Structure
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How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure

1. 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.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

2. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

3. 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.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

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.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

5. 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 Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

6. 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.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

7. 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 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.

Active and Passive Voice

9. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

10. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

11. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

12. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood

If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

13. 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.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

14. Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

A common error occurs whenever a writer uses wording that suggests that a lot of people own or use just one thing, when really they all own or use their own separate things. This video will explain how to identify and fix this type of error.

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