Ch 16: MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Grammar & Writing Conventions

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Review the grammar and writing conventions topics you need to know before taking the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature exam. Our study guide includes video lessons and self-assessment quizzes that help you study for this teacher certification test.

MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Grammar & Writing Conventions - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter explore grammar and writing conventions, including parts of speech, articles, and clauses, that you should be familiar with before taking the MTLE Communication Arts/Literature exam. By the end of this chapter, you should be familiar with:

  • Independent and dependent clauses
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs
  • The subject of a sentence
  • Verb tense and subject-verb agreement
  • Modifiers
  • Capitalization rules
  • Punctuation
  • Sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences

Short, engaging video lessons walk you through each subject, and knowledgeable instructors are available to answer any questions you may have. The jump feature under the Timeline tab allows you to skip directly to main subjects within the video lessons. Visit your dashboard to track your progress through the course.

15 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTLE Communication Arts/Literature: Grammar & 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 the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

2. What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

If you can't tell the difference between a noun and a hole in the ground, that's because there isn't one! Come learn more about these and the seven other parts of speech and their functions in this lesson.

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

3. 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.

Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

4. 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.

Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples

5. Using Nouns as the Subject of a Sentence: Grammar Rules & Examples

A subject is an essential part of a sentence. This video explains the role that subjects play in sentences, how nouns work as subjects and the various types of subjects.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

6. 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.

Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

7. Action, Linking and Auxiliary Verbs: Definitions, Functions & Examples

Do you think that a verb is just a verb? Check out this lesson to learn about the differences among action verbs, linking verbs, and auxiliary/helping verbs.

Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

8. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises

Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

9. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.

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

10. 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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

11. 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.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

12. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

13. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

14. 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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

15. 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.

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