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Ch 12: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Structure

About This Chapter

Use the study tools in this chapter on sentence structure to get ready for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing test. Our videos and texts will help you review everything you need to know for the exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Structure - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll cover the essential information you'll need to know about sentence structure for the NES Writing exam. Chapter topics include clauses, object types and point of view. You'll also review the following:

  • Writing clear sentences
  • Varied and parallel sentence structures
  • Subject and object pronouns
  • Combining dependent with independent clauses
  • Avoiding mixed sentence structure
  • When to use 'who,' 'whom,' 'who's' and 'who's'
  • Direct and indirect objects
  • Creating sentence agreement
  • Avoiding faulty comparisons

Each video and/or lesson lasts less than ten minutes, so you'll be able to brush up on sentence structure in a short amount of time. Use the self-assessment quizzes that follow each lesson to measure your understanding of each of the topics, and the chapter exam at the end to gauge your readiness to move on to new material.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Structure Objectives

The NES Writing exam is used in some states as part of the certification process for teachers in public education. The exam consists of 36 multiple-choice questions and one constructed-response. You'll have an hour and 15 minutes to complete the exam. Scoring allocates 75% to the multiple-choice section and 25% to the written assignment.

Use the study tools in this chapter to prepare for questions about sentence formation and the conventions of Standard Written English. The knowledge you'll gain from these chapters will also help you with the constructed-response portion of the test, which measures your ability to use accurate and varied sentence structure as well as correct grammar and sentence mechanics.

12 Lessons in Chapter 12: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Structure
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Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

1. 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.

Varied Sentence Structure in Writing

2. 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.

Parallelism: How to Write and Identify Parallel Sentences

3. 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.

What is Parallel Structure? - Definition & Examples

4. What is Parallel Structure? - Definition & Examples

This lesson will explain what parallel structure is and present examples of it. It will also provide you with direction on how to use this literary technique and how to find and fix issues with parallel structure.

Selecting Subject & Object Pronouns: Rules & Examples

5. Selecting Subject & Object Pronouns: Rules & Examples

Discover the difference and usefulness of two different types of pronouns. Learn how to use subject pronouns and object pronouns effectively in writing.

Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

6. Point of View: First, Second & Third Person

Just who is telling this story? In this lesson, we'll look at point of view, or the perspective from which a work is told. We'll review first person, second person and third person points of view.

Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses

7. Combining Dependent & Independent Clauses

Clauses are a great mystery to many people when dealing with our written language. Watch this video lesson to discover clauses and also to learn how to combine clauses correctly.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

8. 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.

Who, Whom, Whose & Who's

9. Who, Whom, Whose & Who's

Many people misuse 'who', 'whom,' 'whose' and 'who's.' Watch this video lesson to not only learn the difference between these confusing words but also how to use each one correctly.

The Difference Between Direct & Indirect Objects in Sentence Structure

10. The Difference Between Direct & Indirect Objects in Sentence Structure

Mixing up direct and indirect objects could drastically affect sentence structure. Watch this video lesson to finally learn how to differentiate between direct and indirect objects and also how to use each correctly.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

11. 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.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

12. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

Chapter Practice Exam
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