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Ch 11: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest I: Conventions of American Standard English

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What are the conventions of American Standard English? This chapter reviews these rules for writing in order to get you ready for the NMTA Elementary Education Subtest I exam.

NMTA Elementary Education Subtest I: Conventions of American Standard English - Chapter Summary

Find out what the NMTA Elementary Education Subtest I exam expects you to know about the conventions of American Standard English in this chapter. These focused video lessons give you the chance to review the rules regarding:

  • Spelling
  • Capitalization
  • Punctuation
  • Word choice
  • Verb tense
  • Sentence structure and agreement

Put your understanding of these conventions to the test with the quizzes associated with each lesson. You can get an idea of how these concepts might appear on the NMTA Elementary Educations Subtest I exam by completing the more thorough chapter test.

13 Lessons in Chapter 11: NMTA Elementary Education Subtest I: Conventions of American Standard English
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

1. 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)

2. 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.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

3. 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

4. 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.

The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

5. The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

Playwrights use punctuation to tell their actors how to deliver their lines. In this lesson, you'll learn about three types of punctuation and the effects they have when used in dramatic dialogue.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

6. 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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

7. 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

8. 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.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

9. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

10. How to Structure Sentences in an Essay

Sometimes we know what we want to write, but we are just unsure of the best way to write it. In this video, we will cover ways to structure sentences in an essay.

Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

11. Identifying Errors of Verb Tense

In order to identify verb tense errors, you'll need to learn about the six verb tenses and how they differ. Once you know how to look for them, problematic shifts in verb tenses can be spotted and avoided easily.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

12. 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.

Sentence Agreement: Avoiding Faulty Collective Ownership

13. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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