Ch 15: STAAR English II: Punctuation & Spelling

About This Chapter

You've reached a chapter that will help you with the rules and usage of punctuation and spelling for the STARR English II exam. Through fully detailed text and video lessons, you will get the practice you need to breeze through your exam.

STARR English II: Punctuation & Spelling - Chapter Summary

Studying punctuation and spelling for the STAAR English II exam is made easy and fun with this chapter. You can watch or read lessons that will help you become adequately prepared for your exam questions. Once you are finished, brief quizzes will give you an opportunity to check your understanding of the information you've reviewed. The topics in this chapter include the following:

  • Rules of punctuation and capitalization
  • Proper ways to use punctuation like colons and semicolons
  • Correct usage of commas, parentheses, apostrophes and dashes
  • Uses of question and exclamation marks
  • Utilization of hyphens and ellipses
  • Usage of punctuation to show meaning
  • Spelling rules of English
  • Examples of common of spelling mistakes
  • Strategies for correcting spelling in writing

If you have any questions about the chapter, you can ask the instructors using the teacher tabs of the lessons. These study resources are mobile-friendly to allow you to study at any time or place. You can also take the quizzes when you're offline, since the worksheets and answers can be printed.

13 Lessons in Chapter 15: STAAR English II: Punctuation & Spelling
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What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

1. 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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

2. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

3. 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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

4. 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.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

5. 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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

6. 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.

Parentheses and Dashes: Correct Usage

7. 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?

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

8. 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.

Using Punctuation Conventions to Convey Meaning in Writing

9. Using Punctuation Conventions to Convey Meaning in Writing

This lesson focuses on how punctuation can convey meaning in writing. In particular, this lesson explores: the ending punctuation of periods, exclamation points, and question marks; the emphatic differences between dashes and parentheses; the use of quotation marks in humor; and ellipses for dramatic pausing.

General English Spelling Rules

10. General English Spelling Rules

In this lesson, we detail just a few of the numerous general spelling rules in the English language, while also taking note of the exceptions to each guideline.

Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview

11. Spelling Mistakes: Common Examples & Overview

Learn about some of the most common types of spelling mistakes and how to correct them. Read the lesson and take a brief quiz to test your new skills.

Correct Spelling in Written Work: Strategies & Tips

12. 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.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

13. 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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