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SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation - Chapter Summary
Let us take up the task of making sure your 3rd-5th-grade student is ready for the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) for English Language Arts by having them complete this chapter on punctuation and spelling basics. Our instructors will expertly guide them through all of the grammar and capitalization principles they are completely ignoring in all that text speak, making sure they have a solid refresher of classroom material along with memorable graphics to set the concepts in stone. While watching these videos, your student will review:
- Correct spelling tips and strategies
- Capitalization rules
- End punctuation (period, exclamation point, question mark)
- Separating punctuation (commas, hyphens, dashes, ellipses, parenthesis, etc.)
- Apostrophes and quotation marks
Each lesson comes as a complete package: a brief video on a single topic, a transcript of the lesson for review and study, and a short quiz to practice the skills learned in that lesson. You can have your student complete the chapter test before reviewing the lessons to determine where they need to focus their attention or after they complete the lessons to measure understanding of important information. Teachers can use the assign function in their accounts to individualize homework assignments based on individual needs; a link will be sent to the student/parent's e-mail that connects to the lesson they are to complete.
SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Spelling, Capitalization & Punctuation Chapter Objectives
The SBA are a unique set of assessments designed to measure how well students measure up against the Common Core State Standards. Rather than being trivia-focused with a scoring program that purports to say whether your student has passed or failed in their abilities, it uses windows of scaled scores to determine where a student's strengths and weaknesses lie. This enables educators to refocus the education strategy on a more individualized basis as well as letting the education administrators get an idea of how well their Common Core instruction plan is working. The English assessments are comprised of 43-47 items which, though not timed, will take your student about four hours to complete.
The SBA on English Language Arts may not focus on grammar trivia the way many traditional multiple-choice English tests do, but students will certainly see a question or two regarding these English basics. They will also be evaluated on their use of them during the several written tasks they will have to complete, which account for a large portion of the English Language Arts assessments. By completing these lessons, your student will increase their knowledge of basic grammar principles, ensuring that they are well-prepared to complete the assessments, and to do so with little stress.
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 Grades 3-5: Test Prep & Practice course
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Parts of Speech
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Sentence Types & Parts
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Reading Basics
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Reading Interpretation & Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Literary Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Figurative Language
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Fiction Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Introduction to Nonfiction
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Informational & Scientific Text Analysis
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Writing Basics
- SBA ELA - Grades 3-5: Academic Elements of Writing
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Effective Listening
- SBA - ELA Grades 3-5: Listening & Speaking Skills
- Smarter Balanced Assessments - ELA Grades 3-5 Flashcards