About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 9th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about proper punctuation use. There is no faster or easier way to learn about punctuation in writing. Among those who would benefit are:
- Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about commas, colons and semicolons, dashes, hyphens, parentheses and other punctuation.
- Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
- Homeschool parents who need an English curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
- Gifted students and students with learning differences.
How it works:
- Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
- Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
- Short quizzes and the Punctuation in Writing unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Punctuation in Writing Unit Objectives
- Study the subordination and coordination of independent and dependent clauses.
- Understand how commas can be used to avoid confusion in a sentence.
- Discover the uses of commas to separate contrasting parts and nonessential elements.
- Learn how to correct fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences.
- Examine the differences between colons, semicolons and periods.
- Explore the uses of such punctuation as parentheses and apostrophes.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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. 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. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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.
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- Text Analysis and Close Reading - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Introduction to High School Writing - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Types of Essay - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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- Common Usage Errors - 9th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
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