Ch 6: MTTC Reading Specialist: Spelling & Punctuation

About This Chapter

This chapter uses video lessons to give you a solid review of spelling and punctuation rules. The lessons' topics will be fresh in your mind when you come across similar content on the MTTC Reading Specialist test.

MTTC Reading Specialist: Spelling & Punctuation - Chapter Summary

These lessons will ensure that you have a good grasp of spelling strategies and punctuation marks. You'll leave the chapter well-prepared for any MTTC Reading Specialist questions on:

  • Components of spelling development
  • Homophones and homographs
  • Using commas correctly
  • Semicolons and colons
  • Uses of parentheses and dashes
  • Uses of hyphens, ellipses and brackets

Review the chapter's short videos, running roughly five minutes apiece, from your computer, smartphone or any other web-enabled handheld device. Every lesson is accompanied by a practice quiz to confirm your understanding of the key concepts.

MTTC Reading Specialist: Spelling & Punctuation Chapter Objectives

The MTTC Reading Specialist test establishes whether you meet criteria for teacher certification as a reading specialist. Content on mechanics, including punctuation and spelling, corresponds to the test's Genres and Craft of Literature and Language subarea. Consisting of multiple-choice questions, this subarea accounts for approximately 14% of your test score.

8 Lessons in Chapter 6: MTTC Reading Specialist: Spelling & Punctuation
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The Spelling Development Process

1. The Spelling Development Process

The process of learning to spell can often be complicated and frustrating for students. With the right method of instruction and a solid understanding of the relationship between spelling and reading, spelling can be a breeze. Read on for details.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

2. 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.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

3. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

4. 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

5. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

6. 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.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

7. 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

8. 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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