About This Chapter
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Other chapters within the STAAR English II: Test Prep & Practice course
- STAAR English II: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use
- STAAR English II: Analyzing Texts
- STAAR English II: Poetry
- STAAR English II: Drama
- STAAR English II: Prose Fiction
- STAAR English II: Nonfictional Prose
- STAAR English II: Sensory Language
- STAAR English II: Media Literacy
- STAAR English II: Reading Informational Texts
- STAAR English II: Reading Persuasive & Technical Texts
- STAAR English II: The Writing Process
- STAAR English II: Writing Expository Texts
- STAAR English II: Writing Persuasive Texts
- STAAR English II: Grammar & Parts of Speech
- About the STARR Tests
- STAAR English II Flashcards