Ch 12: MTLE Basic Skills: Spelling & Punctuation

About This Chapter

This chapter aims to help you become familiar with the basic spelling and punctuation necessary to successfully answer related questions on the Minnesota Teacher Licensure Examinations Basic Skills test.

MTLE Basic Skills: Spelling & Punctuation - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you will be able to practice for the MTLE Basic Skills exam by refreshing your knowledge of proper spelling and punctuation techniques and rules. These lessons will address the following topics:

  • Homonyms and homophones
  • Prefixes, suffixes, and root words
  • Word etymology
  • Capitalization rules
  • Periods, colons, semicolons, question marks, exclamation marks, and apostrophes
  • Commas and proper usage
  • Parentheses and dashes
  • Ellipses, hyphens, brackets and quotation marks

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12 Lessons in Chapter 12: MTLE Basic Skills: Spelling & Punctuation
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Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

1. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

2. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

The Etymology of Words

3. The Etymology of Words

Words are at the center of almost all forms of communication in our society. Watch this video lesson to learn about word etymology and how it affects our world.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

4. 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.

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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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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