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PLACE English: Writing Mechanics - Chapter Summary
This chapter on writing mechanics can help you prepare for the PLACE English exam. You'll review the rules for proper grammar and punctuation as well as the parts of speech, such as verbs and conjunctions. After completing this chapter, you should be proficient in the proper use of the following:
- Synonyms, antonyms and metaphors
- Apostrophes, parentheses, dashes, hyphens, commas and capitalization
- Grammar development patterns
- Verb forms and tenses
- Adjectives and adverbs
The chapter is broken up into brief video lessons lasting about seven minutes each, on average. Use the lessons to review concepts you may have grown rusty on and the accompanying practice questions to test your knowledge.
PLACE English: Writing Mechanics Chapter Objectives
The PLACE English exam is part of the certification process for teachers looking to teach English in Colorado, and it will gauge your knowledge in literature, reading and communications. This chapter on writing mechanics corresponds with the written communication portion of the test and measures your competency with standard written English, including sentence structure, spelling, capitalization and punctuation. The PLACE English exam is made up of about 100 multiple-choice questions, some of which ask you to draw upon selected passages. After completing the lessons in this chapter, use the practice quizzes and chapter exam to help you get an idea of the type of questions that will be on the PLACE English exam.
1. What Is Grammar? - Exercises & Overview
In this lesson, we'll look at the grammatical structure of the English language. What are the basic parts of speech that make up the building blocks of sentences? Keep reading, and you'll see!
2. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples
We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.
3. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types
Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.
4. Patterns of Punctuation & Grammar Development
How do children learn correct grammar and punctuation? View this lesson to find out more about the stages of spoken and written grammar development, as well as how they tie in to the stages of punctuation development.
5. 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.
6. 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?
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. 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.
9. 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.
10. What Are Pronouns? - Types, Examples & Definition
In this lesson, we'll learn about pronouns in general, and take a look at two types of personal pronouns: subjective case and objective case pronouns. Knowing which case of pronoun you'll need can help you avoid common pronoun errors.
11. Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive
In this lesson, we'll look at relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns. We'll do this by antagonizing our friend Gary with the whos, whats, whoms, and whichevers that make up these pronouns.
12. Conjunctions: Coordinating & Correlative
Conjunctions are parts of speech that join together other words, phrases and clauses in sentences. Learn all about two types of conjunctions - coordinating and correlative - in this lesson.
13. Verb Forms: Participles & Infinitives
Using verbs correctly involves knowing more than just how to express action in a sentence. This lesson will show you a few special types of verb forms - infinitives, present participles, and past participles - as well as how to use them.
14. 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.
15. Comparison of Adjectives & Adverbs: Examples, Sentences & Exercises
Adjectives and adverbs are descriptive words that allow our sentences to be much more specific and interesting than they would be without them. This lesson covers the rules for using adjectives and adverbs correctly, including those used in comparisons.
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Other chapters within the PLACE English: Practice & Study Guide course
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- PLACE English: Elements & Language in Literature
- PLACE English: Literary Terms & Analysis
- PLACE English: Types & Features of Texts
- PLACE English: Literary Genres & Forms
- PLACE English: Instructional Reading Strategies
- PLACE English: Making Connections While Reading
- PLACE English: Context in Literary Works
- PLACE English: Medieval & Middle English Literature
- PLACE English: Renaissance Literature
- PLACE English: 17th & 18th Century English Literature
- PLACE English: Romantic Prose in English Literature
- PLACE English: Romantic Poetry
- PLACE English: Victorian Era Literature
- PLACE English: Ancient & Modern World Literature
- PLACE English: Native & Colonial American Literature
- PLACE English: Romantic American Literature
- PLACE English: Dark Romanticism in American Literature
- PLACE English: Transcendentalism in American Literature
- PLACE English: Realism in American Literature
- PLACE English: Modern American Authors
- PLACE English: Harlem Renaissance Writers
- PLACE English: Contemporary American Literature
- PLACE English: Young Adult Literary Works & Authors
- PLACE English: Form & Structure in Writing
- PLACE English: The Writing Process
- PLACE English: Source Citations & References
- PLACE English: Print & Media Sources of Information
- PLACE English: Communication Strategies
- PLACE English: Effective Communication & Types of Speech
- PLACE English: Visual Communication
- PLACE English: Communicating with Technology
- PLACE English: Evaluating Media
- Strategies for Teaching Writing & Vocabulary
- Strategies for Teaching Literature & Poetry Analysis
- General Teaching Strategies
- PLACE English Flashcards