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Ch 17: STAAR English I: Grammar

About This Chapter

The lessons of this chapter are designed to be used as preparation for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) English I test. This chapter is about grammar, including the use of pronouns and verbs.

STAAR English I: Grammar - Chapter Summary

Our instructors have put together this series of simple, informative lessons about grammar. They will help you to answer questions on the STAAR English I test about such lesson topics as:

  • Independent, dependent, noun, adverbial and relative clauses
  • The subject of a sentence
  • How to identify sentence fragments, run-on sentences and comma splices
  • Simple, complex and compound sentences
  • Relative, reflexive, interrogative, possessive, personal and reciprocal pronouns
  • Overview of tenses and subject-verb agreement
  • Verb functions and capitalization rules

Videos average 5-10 minutes long. A keyword-based timeline tool allows you to go directly to any spot in a video lesson for quick review. Also included are transcripts and self-assessment quizzes. In addition, we offer a feature that lets you ask a question directly of the experts.

14 Lessons in Chapter 17: STAAR English I: Grammar
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Independent & Dependent Clauses: Subordination & Coordination

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.

Types of Clauses: Noun, Adverbial, & Relative Clauses

2. Types of Clauses: Noun, Adverbial, & Relative Clauses

In this lesson, we will define clause. We will then review independent and dependent clauses. Finally, we will focus on the different types of dependent clauses - including relative, noun and adverbial - discuss how to recognize them and then discuss how to use the clauses in our writing.

How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

3. How to Identify the Subject of a Sentence

Don't pass over this lesson! You may think you know how to find subjects and verbs in a sentence, but picking them out can be harder than you think. Identifying subjects and verbs is the first step to unlocking nearly everything else about English composition.

Sentence Fragments, Comma Splices and Run-on Sentences

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.

Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

5. Types of Sentences: Simple, Compound & Complex

Sentences can be categorized as simple, compound, and complex. In this lesson, you'll learn about all three, break down example sentences, and test yourself at the end with a short quiz.

What Are Personal Pronouns?

6. What Are Personal Pronouns?

Pronouns are great for making sure debaters don't have to keep repeating the other guy's name over and over again, but they have many other uses too! In fact, pronouns, you could say, make reading readable. In part one, we'll cover personal pronouns and how they're used before moving on to more esoteric varieties.

Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

7. Pronouns: Relative, Reflexive, Interrogative & Possessive

In this lesson, we'll look at relative, reflexive, interrogative and possessive pronouns. We'll do this by antagonizing our friend Gary with the whos, whats, whoms, and whichevers that make up these pronouns.

Reciprocal Pronouns: Definition & Examples

8. Reciprocal Pronouns: Definition & Examples

Pronouns are an important aspect for communication in any language. Read this lesson to learn how reciprocal pronouns help make our exchanges clear and succinct.

What is the Present Tense? - Examples & Overview

9. What is the Present Tense? - Examples & Overview

In this lesson, we will explore the use of the present tense in writing. The present tense is as it sounds, writing as if something is happening in the current moment, not in the past, nor in the future.

What is the Past Tense in English? - Examples & Overview

10. What is the Past Tense in English? - Examples & Overview

In this lesson, we examine the various forms of the past tense in English, including simple past tense, past-progressive, past-perfect, and past-perfect-progressive.

Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

11. Verb Tense & Subject-Verb Agreement

Learn all about verb tense and subject-verb agreement in our first lesson on this tricky topic. We'll look at examples to help you understand this concept.

Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

12. Subject-Verb Agreement: Using Uncommon Singular and Plural Nouns and Pronouns

Subject-verb agreement is a tricky beast. Learn which uncommon singular and plural nouns and pronouns are most likely to trip you up when trying to craft essays with good grammar.

Functions of Verbals: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives

13. Functions of Verbals: Gerunds, Participles, and Infinitives

Sometimes verbs are cleverly masked as different parts of speech and are known as 'verbals.' In this lesson, we will learn the function of verbals (gerunds, participles, and infinitives) and look at how they operate in different types of sentences.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

14. 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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