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Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Mechanics - Chapter Summary
Mechanics errors can distract readers from the purpose of your writing. Learning to spot errors in mechanics in the writing of others as well as errors in your own writing will make you a better overall communicator. The following mechanics skills are covered in this chapter:
- Comma rules and usage
- Period, apostrophe, colon and semicolon usage
- Sentence error identification
Each lesson focuses on a different type of mechanics skill. With the guidance of an instructor, a sometimes-complicated subject like comma rules can be easier to understand.
Praxis I Core Academic Writing: Mechanics Objectives
The Praxis I Core exam is taken by people applying for teacher certification and students seeking admission to teacher education programs. Mechanics questions are a part of the Language and Research Skills for Writing section of the Praxis I Core Academic Writing exam. The entire Language and Research Skills for Writing assessment makes up 40% of the Praxis I Core's writing test.
To answer the mechanics questions, you'll review the underlined part of a sentence looking for possible errors and choose the corrected form of the underlined selection from the multiple-choice options. Not every sentence presented will require fixing. If you take the self-assessment quizzes connected to each of the chapter's lessons, you can get a feel for the way mechanics questions will be presented on the actual exam.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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Other chapters within the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Writing (5722): Study Guide & Practice course
- About the Praxis Writing Core Academic Test
- Praxis I Writing: Focusing Your Essay
- Praxis I Writing: Essay Organization
- Praxis I Writing: Developing Ideas
- Praxis I Writing: Writing Arguments
- Praxis I Writing: Informative and Explanatory Texts
- Praxis I Writing: Language and Sentence Structure
- Praxis I Writing: Grammar
- Praxis I Writing: Structural Relationships
- Praxis I Writing: Word Choice
- Praxis I Writing: Research Skills
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing Flashcards