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SBA ELA - Grade 11: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation - Chapter Summary
With each lesson coming in at under 10 minutes, this is the place to go for quick refreshers of spelling and punctuation as your 11th-grade student prepares for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) in English Language Arts. As your student watches these videos they will get back up to speed on:
- Correct spelling and commonly-confused words
- Capitalization rules
- Punctuation definitions and uses
Each video is taught by one of our expert instructors with tons of experience teaching English. They developed an interesting, often funny script to keep your student engaged while learning these topics. They will have an opportunity after each lesson and at the end of the chapter to check their learning and synthesis of ideas with our quizzes and chapter exam.
SBA ELA - Grade 11: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation Chapter Objectives
The 11th Grade English Language Arts assessment includes four categories of questions (reading, writing, listening/speaking, and research) presented in multiple-choice, brief response, and extended response forms. Most of it is completed on computers, though the performance task items are very different from most test formats: your student is simply given a prompt and a research source and told to draft an effective argument. Every assessment on the SBA for Grade 11 English Language Arts is there to determine understanding of these basic concepts, so it is absolutely critical that your student obtains ample practice.
The SBA tests are not timed but are expected to take around 4.5 hours to complete. Nor are they scored like traditional tests: they do have a numerical system important for administrator-level statistics, but individual assessments are scored in relation to one of four broad categories roughly ranging from 'novice' to 'advanced.' The purpose of the scoring system is to indicate how well your student compares against the Common Core State Standards; not in a pass/fail format but in a holistic measure of progress. Having your student complete these refresher lessons will ensure they receive an accurate appraisal of their abilities.
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs
In this lesson, we'll find out what punctuation is. We'll then learn some rules for using the most common punctuation marks as well as review sample sentences utilizing the punctuation rules.
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.
6. 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.
7. 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.
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. 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.
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.
11. 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.
12. 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?
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Other chapters within the Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grade 11: Test Prep & Practice course
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Parts of Speech
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Sentence Types & Parts
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Basics
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Reading Interpretation & Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Literary Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Figurative Language
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Fiction Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Introduction to Nonfiction
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Analyzing US Historical Documents
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Writing Basics
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Academic Elements of Writing
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Effective Listening
- SBA ELA - Grade 11: Listening & Speaking Skills
- Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grade 11 Flashcards