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PLACE Elementary Education: Conventions and Spelling - Chapter Summary
This chapter goes over various usage rules and meanings of grammar to help you prepare for the PLACE Elementary Education exam. Our professional instructors can walk you through lessons focused on a variety of related topics, such as:
- Capitalization and punctuation
- Commas, parentheses, and dashes
- Hyphens, brackets, ellipses and quotation marks
- The purpose of the ellipsis and dashes
- Question and exclamation marks
- Commonly confused words
- Homonyms and homophones
- Strategies and tips for correct spelling in written work
- The 8 parts of speech
- Types of sentences
- Sentence fragments, comma splices, and run-on sentences
- Misplaced and dangling modifiers
At the end of each lesson you'll find a practice quiz allowing you to verify your comprehension of the material before moving on. If you get an answer wrong, the quizzes will give you the chance to jump back to the point of the lesson that explains the question, and, if you'd like to study further offline, you can also print the quiz as a worksheet for later.
PLACE Elementary Education: Conventions and Spelling Chapter Objectives
The PLACE Elementary Education test is used to assess the knowledge and skills of elementary educators in Colorado. The test includes 100 multiple-choice questions that are divided among six subsections. The language arts and literary portion of the test is where you'll find questions dedicated to the conventions of English grammar and mechanics. You can use this chapter to make sure you are prepared for those questions on test day.
1. 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.
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.
3. Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules
Think that you know commas? You may be surprised. Even the most experienced writers have problems remembering all the rules. Learn the basics of comma usage in this first of two lessons on the comma.
4. Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts
Learn more about comma usage from the pros! There are just too many ways to use the comma (it's a basic punctuation mark, after all) to fit in one sentence. Watch here to learn about some of the more common traps students fall into when trying to put commas in the right place.
5. 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?
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.
7. 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.
8. The Purposes of the Ellipsis and Dashes
In this lesson, we will learn when and how to use ellipses, en dashes and em dashes. These can be used to indicate a pause or a break in text. Ellipses can also be used to indicate an omission of text.
9. 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.
10. 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.
11. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples
If you can't tell the difference between a noun and a hole in the ground, that's because there isn't one! Come learn more about these and the seven other parts of speech and their functions in this lesson.
15. Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex
Sentences can be categorized as simple, compound, and complex. In this lesson, you'll learn about all three, break down example sentences, and test yourself at the end with a short quiz.
16. 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.
17. What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?
I have this recurring nightmare where all my modifiers are misplaced or dangling and everybody's laughing at me. Don't let this happen to you! Learn why modifiers are important and why putting them in the right place is even more so.
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Other chapters within the PLACE Elementary Education: Practice & Study Guide course
- PLACE Elementary Education: Literacy Development
- PLACE Elementary Education: Reading Strategies
- PLACE Elementary Education: Communication Strategies
- PLACE Elementary Education: Verbs, Tenses & Agreement
- PLACE Elementary Education: Research Skills
- PLACE Elementary Education: Literary Genres & Terms
- PLACE Elementary Education: Technology Basics
- PLACE Elementary Education: Technology & Society
- PLACE Elementary Education: Scientific Investigation
- PLACE Elementary Education: Physical Science
- PLACE Elementary Education: Life Science
- PLACE Elementary Education: Earth Science
- PLACE Elementary Education: Computation
- PLACE Elementary Education: Fractions, Decimals & Percents
- PLACE Elementary Education: Patterns & Functions
- PLACE Elementary Education: Equalities & Inequalities
- PLACE Elementary Education: Statistics & Probability
- PLACE Elementary Education: Geometry
- PLACE Elementary Education: Measurement & Calculations
- PLACE Elementary Education: Foundations of Geography
- PLACE Elementary Education: US History (1400-1877)
- PLACE Elementary Education: US History (1877-1945)
- PLACE Elementary Education: US History from 1945
- PLACE Elementary Education: Colorado History
- PLACE Elementary Education: Culture & Society
- PLACE Elementary Education: Economics
- PLACE Elementary Education: Government
- PLACE Elementary Education: Global Concerns
- PLACE Elementary Education: Social Studies Research
- PLACE Elementary Education: Principles of Music
- PLACE Elementary Education: Visual & Performing Arts
- PLACE Elementary Education: Personal Health & Safety
- PLACE Elementary Education: Public Health
- PLACE Elementary Education: Physical Fitness
- PLACE Elementary Education Flashcards