About This Chapter
Who's it for?
This unit of our 11th Grade English Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about punctuation. 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 comma usage, sentence fragments, colons, semicolons, periods, subordination and coordination.
- 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 a Punctuation in Writing unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.
Punctuation in Writing Unit Objectives:
- Compare independent and dependent clauses, and learn about their related punctuation needs.
- Review basic commas rules.
- Explore sentence fragments, comma splices and run-on sentences.
- Look at the appropriate uses of various punctuation marks such as semicolons, colons, periods and question marks.
- Discuss the unique use of exclamation points.
- Learn where to place parentheses, quotation marks, apostrophes and brackets.
1. 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.
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. 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.
5. 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.
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- Medieval Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- Shakespeare & Renaissance Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- Gothic and Romantic Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- 19th Century Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- 20th Century Literature: Homeschool Curriculum
- African American Writers: Homeschool Curriculum
- Dramatic Works for 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Interpreting Literature: Homeschool Literature
- Literary Terms for 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Basics of Writing Essays in 11th Grade: Homeschool Curriculum
- Understanding Essays in 11th Grade: Homeschool Education
- Using Source Materials: Homeschool Curriculum
- Conventions in Writing - Usage: Homeschool Curriculum
- Capitalization & Spelling: Homeschool Curriculum
- Elements of Grammar: Homeschool Curriculum
- Usage: Homeschool Curriculum