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Ch 27: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Spelling Rules

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This chapter will help you review rules that are useful when teaching students spelling strategies. Use these lessons to prepare for related questions on the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Spelling Rules - Chapter Summary

The material of this chapter will help you review basic spelling rules. Watch this series of videos to follow along with our expert instructors as they discuss common homonyms and homophones and strategies for correctly spelling words. After these lessons you should have a firm understanding of:

  • Spellings for plural nouns
  • Doubling and dropping letters in spelling
  • English prefixes, suffixes and endings
  • General spelling rules
  • When to combine words
  • Homonyms and homophones
  • Hyphenation conventions
  • Spelling strategies

These efficient lesson videos can be watched on your mobile devices when you have time to spare but are not at a computer. For an alternative review of the material read over the lesson transcripts that highlight some of the key vocabulary. When you finished these lessons, take the quizzes that can help you find topics you don't understand. Using video tags, you can return to the locations in the lessons that discuss the material you missed and improve your understanding of it.

NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Spelling Rules Chapter Objectives

Individuals seeking certification as middle grades language arts teachers in New Mexico must pass the NMTA Middle Grades English Language Arts exam before earning certification. This computer-based exam uses 150 multiple-choice questions to test individuals knowledge of the English language arts. Be prepared to answer these question in three hours testing session. Approximately 15% of exam is part of the English Language Conventions, Composition, Writing Process and Research content domain. Use this chapter to prepare for questions in this content domain about common spelling rules and conventions.

9 Lessons in Chapter 27: NMTA Middle Grades ELA: Spelling Rules
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English Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

1. English Spelling Rules for Plural Nouns

Our world is filled with nouns. For such an important part of speech, it is vital to follow the right spelling rules. In this lesson, we will discuss the rules for spelling plural nouns.

English Spelling Rules for Doubling & Dropping Letters

2. English Spelling Rules for Doubling & Dropping Letters

In this lesson, you'll learn the spelling rules associated with doubling letters. You'll also learn how to correctly drop letters when changing the form of a word. Then you can test your new skills with a short quiz.

English Spelling Rules for Prefixes

3. English Spelling Rules for Prefixes

Adding a prefix to a word changes that word's meaning. In this lesson, you'll learn how to spell words correctly when adding prefixes, and you'll have a chance to test yourself with a short quiz.

English Spelling Rules for Suffixes & Endings

4. English Spelling Rules for Suffixes & Endings

Suffixes change much about words, including the spelling. This lesson outlines some of the guidelines for using suffixes, ensuring correct spelling of the word.

General English Spelling Rules

5. General English Spelling Rules

In this lesson, we detail just a few of the numerous general spelling rules in the English language, while also taking note of the exceptions to each guideline.

Determining When to Combine Words

6. Determining When to Combine Words

This lesson highlights some of the common mistakes we make with combining words or deciding to separate them. You will get the lowdown on the rules to use to get them right and test your knowledge in a quiz.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

7. 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.

How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

8. How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

In this lesson, we will define hyphens, discuss the rules for using a hyphen correctly, and then explain why a hyphen is important for clarity in your writing.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

9. 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.

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