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Ch 13: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation

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Study this chapter to review common spelling, capitalization and punctuation rules of the English language. These lessons are meant to help you in your studies for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation - Chapter Summary

This chapter aims to develop your understanding of basic spelling, capitalization, and punctuation rules of English to help you study for the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam. Topics addressed in these lessons include:

  • Tips for correct spelling
  • Commonly confused English words
  • Capitalization rules
  • Colons, semicolons, and periods
  • Commas and usage
  • Apostrophes
  • Hyphens, brackets, ellipses, quotation marks
  • Question marks and exclamation marks

Each brief video lesson has a full transcript that highlights key terminology that may benefit your studies for the exam. You may practice using the information you've reviewed after each lesson by taking the short self-assessments and the cumulative chapter exam.

MTEL Middle School Humanities: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Middle School Humanities exam assesses your candidacy for certification to teach humanities courses to middle school students in Massachusetts. Fifteen percent of the multiple-choice questions on this exam focus on testing your knowledge of rhetoric, reading, and composition, including your understanding of written language and the composition process. This chapter should familiarize you with the basic concepts and rules you should know for the exam. Additionally, taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam will enable you to practice answering questions in much the same way as you will on the MTEL Middle School Humanities exam itself.

11 Lessons in Chapter 13: MTEL Middle School Humanities: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

1. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

2. 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

3. 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.

What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

4. 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

5. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

6. 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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

7. 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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

8. 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.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

9. 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.

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.

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