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Ch 7: TACHS: Language & Spelling

About This Chapter

Colon or semi-colon? Comma or no comma? If you have ever asked yourself these questions as you are writing, this chapter is 'write' up your alley! Check it out as you prepare for the TACHS exam.

TACHS: Language & Spelling - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter will help you polish your grammar skills. From those pesky semi-colons to elipses (no, they are not just in math!), you'll get lots of practice on all the aspects of English punctuation and grammar. Plus, you can brush up on spelling and learn some new tricks to use on multiple-choice spelling tests! After completing this chapter, you will have covered:

  • Strategies for taking multiple-choice spelling tests
  • Words that sound alike: homophones and homonyms
  • The use of prefixes, suffixes, and roots
  • Rules and signs of punctuation
  • Colons, semi-colons, and periods
  • Hyphens, brackets, eclipses, and quotation marks
  • Commas and their usage
  • Exclamation marks, apostrophes, parentheses, and dashes
  • Capitalization
  • Editing for mechanics

Writing and communicating are the basis for nearly every subject in high school and college, and the topics in this chapter are sure to improve both. From capitalization and punctuation to editing your writing, the short video lessons in this chapter will help you prepare for the Language portion of the TACHS exam.

TACHS: Language & Spelling Objectives

The TACHS exam is comprised of four subtests: Reading, Language, Math, and Ability. The grammar and spelling topics covered in this chapter will help you prepare for the Language portion of the exam. The Language subtest includes tests in: spelling, capitalization, punctuation, usage, and expression. The short videos and multiple-choice questions at the end of each lesson will help ensure you are ready!

The TACHS test is paper-based and computer-scored, so have your number two pencils sharpened and your erasers ready! You will have approximately two hours to complete the exam. No electronic devices, including calculators, are allowed.

13 Lessons in Chapter 7: TACHS: Language & Spelling
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Spelling Strategies for Multiple-Choice Spelling Tests

1. Spelling Strategies for Multiple-Choice Spelling Tests

Do not let spelling tests be the bane of your existence--learn to take a spelling test with confidence! This lesson discusses spelling strategies and applies them to multiple-choice tests.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

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.

Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

3. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

What is Punctuation? - Rules & Signs

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.

Punctuation: Using Colons, Semicolons & Periods

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.

Using Hyphens, Brackets, Ellipses & Quotation Marks

6. 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.

Exclamation Mark: Use & Meaning

7. 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.

Commas: Correct Usage & Basic Rules

8. 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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

9. 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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

10. 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

11. 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?

Capitalization Rules in Writing

12. 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.

Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

13. Editing for Mechanics: Definition & Concept

Find out what 'editing for mechanics' means and how to apply it to your writing. Learn what to look for when you're editing for mechanics, and then take a quiz to test your new skills.

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