Ch 4: PLACE Elementary Education: Conventions & Spelling

About This Chapter

This chapter on Conventions and Spelling is a great way to prepare for the related questions you'll encounter on the PLACE Elementary Education exam. Use these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to bolster your understanding of the topic.

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.

17 Lessons in Chapter 4: PLACE Elementary Education: Conventions & Spelling
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Capitalization Rules in Writing

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.

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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

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.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

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?

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.

How to Use and Interpret Hyphenation Conventions

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.

The Purposes of the Ellipsis and Dashes

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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

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.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

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.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

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.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

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.

What Are the 8 Parts of Speech? - Definition & Examples

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.

Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

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.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

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.

What Are Misplaced Modifiers and Dangling Modifiers?

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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