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NMTA Reading: Promoting Written Communication - Chapter Summary
Brush up on your knowledge of writing, including such topics as sentence structure, parallelism and subject-verb agreement, as you prepare for the NMTA Reading exam. Use these videos and quizzes to help you answer exam questions on:
- Varying sentence structure
- Identifying a sentence's subject
- Recognizing independent and dependent clauses
- Writing clear sentences
- Forming parallel sentences
- Spotting sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices
- Preventing inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood
- Avoiding faulty collective ownership
Our experienced instructors have created enjoyable and information-filled lessons, averaging about five minutes in length, that can help you prepare for exam questions. Watch them as your schedule permits, using your computer, tablet or smartphone, anywhere, anytime.
NMTA Reading: Promoting Written Communication Chapter Objectives
In New Mexico, the NMTA Reading exam is a requirement to either obtain an initial license as a reading teacher, or to earn a reading endorsement on an existing license. There are four subareas on the exam. Questions on the material this chapter covers are found in the subarea: Supporting Reading Through Oral and Written Language Development. This subarea makes up 26% of the test.
Like the quizzes that accompany each of our video lessons, this exam consists of multiple-choice questions. Our quizzes give you practice answering questions in this format, and offer a way for you to gauge your content mastery prior to taking the exam.
1. 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.
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.
3. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence
Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.
4. 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.
5. Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination
This lesson is about independent and dependent clauses, and how they make up a sentence. Dependent clauses, like the name suggests, rely on other elements in a sentence. Independent clauses, on the other hand, can stand alone. Learn more in this lesson.
6. 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.
7. How to Write Better by Improving Your Sentence Structure
Often times in writing, we know what we want to say, but it doesn't seem to come out right. In this video we will learn the steps needed to improve your writing with better sentence structure.
8. Structuring Paragraphs and Sentences: Tips and Tricks
Once you've developed an outline, it's time to begin drafting your essay. This lesson will walk you through the steps of putting together a body paragraph and show you how to ensure that your paragraphs are unified, coherent and well-developed.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. 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.
12. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns
Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.
13. Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Voice and Mood
If a person's attitude or tone of voice is constantly changing, he or she can be hard to read or understand. This can be applied to how we write. To communicate clearly, we need to recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb voice and mood.
14. 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.
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Other chapters within the NMTA Reading (013): Practice & Study Guide course
- NMTA Reading: Language Development
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Writing Development
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Vocabulary Development
- NMTA Reading: Emergent Literacy
- NMTA Reading: Phonemic Awareness & Phonics
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Reading Comprehension
- NMTA Reading: Reading Comprehension Instruction
- NMTA Reading: Understanding Literature for Students
- NMTA Reading: Using Literary Texts
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Content Area Literacy
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Study Skills
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Independent Reading
- NMTA Reading: Promoting Oral Communication
- NMTA Reading: Oral Communication in the Classroom
- NMTA Reading: Techniques for Reading Assessment
- NMTA Reading: Using Reading Assessment Data
- NMTA Reading: Planning Reading Instruction
- NMTA Reading: Effective Reading Instruction
- NMTA Reading: The Reading Professional
- NMTA Reading: Legislative Influences in Reading
- NMTA Reading Flashcards