Ch 11: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Types & Elements

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and take practice quizzes on different types of sentences and their elements in preparation for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing test.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Types & Elements - Chapter Summary

Go over the elements of a sentence, sentence types and common errors in sentence formation with the resources in this chapter. Use these tools to get ready for the NES Writing exam. Chapter topics include the following sentence types and errors:

  • Complete and incomplete sentences
  • Compound
  • Exclamatory
  • Faulty sentences
  • Sentence fragments
  • Run-on sentences and comma splices

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NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Types & Elements Objectives

Some states now use the NES Writing test as part of their public educator licensure requirements. The exam is divided into two sections: multiple-choice and written response. The multiple-choice portion of the exam consists of 36 multiple-choice questions and makes up 75% of the total score. The constructed-answer portion of the test asks for one written response to a given prompt, and accounts for the other 25% of the score.

The material in this chapter gives you the knowledge and strategies you'll need to answer questions about sentence formation and the conventions of Standard Written English. You'll be asked to identify and correct errors in the use of standard punctuation, as well as identify run-on sentences and sentence fragments. The knowledge you'll gain from this chapter will also help you with the writing assignment which measures your ability to use accurate sentence structure and employ correct grammar and word usage.

8 Lessons in Chapter 11: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Sentence Types & Elements
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Complete Sentence: Examples & Definition

1. Complete Sentence: Examples & Definition

Although it seems simple, writing in complete sentences is a necessity that can trip up even seasoned writers. In this lesson, we will examine how to write in a complete sentence and why it is so important.

Complete and Incomplete Sentences: Examples & Overview

2. Complete and Incomplete Sentences: Examples & Overview

Writing complete sentences is essential to clear communication. In this lesson, we will look at how to write a complete sentence and analyze common errors students tend to make.

What is a Compound Sentence? - Examples & Definition

3. What is a Compound Sentence? - Examples & Definition

In this lesson, we'll cover compound sentences and how to create them by joining two or more independent clauses together. Compound sentences differ from other sentence types, and if you leave out their joining elements, you turn them into run-on sentences. After you review the lesson, you can test your knowledge of compound sentences with a quiz.

Exclamatory Sentence: Definition & Examples

4. Exclamatory Sentence: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn how types of sentences express specific meanings. In particular, we'll learn about exclamatory sentences and go over examples to demonstrate their importance.

Faulty Sentence: Definition & Examples

5. Faulty Sentence: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will examine the faulty sentence. A sentence may be faulty for several reasons, and we will take a look at the most common mistakes people make when constructing sentences.

What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

6. What is a Sentence Fragment? - Definition & Examples

Find out what sentence fragments are and how to correct them. Learn the different ways sentence fragments can happen and how they relate to phrases as well as dependent and independent clauses.

Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

7. Run On Sentences: Examples & Corrections

Find out what run-on sentences are and how they can interfere with your writing. Learn about the different types of run-on sentences and how to correct them with punctuation, coordinators and subordinators.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

8. 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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