Ch 1: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Punctuation & Capitalization

About This Chapter

Do you need help remembering rules of punctuation and capitalization? These short video lessons present definitions and examples so you're prepared for the NES (formerly NMTA) Essential Academic Skills Writing test for teacher certification.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Punctuation & Capitalization - Chapter Summary

As a prospective New Mexico teacher preparing for the National Evaluation Series (formerly the New Mexico Teacher Assessments) Essential Academic Skills Writing exam, you can view these video lessons to refresh your memory of capitalization and punctuation rules. The easy-to-understand tips will help you answer related questions on the exam. This chapter covers the following topics:

  • Punctuation rules
  • Using colons, periods, semicolons, commas, exclamation marks and question marks
  • Hyphens vs dashes
  • Using brackets, parentheses and ellipses
  • Using quotation marks and apostrophes
  • Capitalization rules for capitalization

As you can see, the lesson's topics offer a comprehensive review of everyday punctuation and capitalization. The lessons contain visual examples as well. Our knowledgeable instructors present the information in an engaging way through video lessons lasting approximately 5-10 minutes, so you can review them anytime.

NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Punctuation & Capitalization Chapter Objectives

The writing test is made up of one written essay (25% of score) and 36 multiple-choice questions (75% of score). Punctuation and capitalization are evaluated as part of the third competency area of the 75-minute exam. This area focuses on standard written English usage, grammar and mechanics. For example, you may be asked to read a passage and answer a question about the correct placement of a comma. You will also use your capitalization and punctuation skills in the written assignment which requires correct usage of sentence structure, spelling, language, thesis statement and word choice. So that you're ready for the teacher certification exam, it's advisable that you complete our self-assessment quizzes so you can gauge your retention of the content.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: NMTA Essential Academic Skills Writing: Punctuation & Capitalization
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What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

1. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

In this lesson, we'll find out what punctuation is. We'll then learn some rules for using the most common punctuation marks as well as review sample sentences utilizing the punctuation rules.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

2. 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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

3. 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.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

4. 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.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

5. 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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

6. Apostrophe: Use & Examples

In this lesson, we will learn about the apostrophe and how it's useful to us. See a few examples of common apostrophe mistakes and learn how to correct them.

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?

Capitalization Rules in Writing

8. 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.

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