Ch 16: Writing Conventions for 10th Grade

About This Chapter

Improve the quality of your writing with video lessons on active and passive voice, phrasal verbs, sentence structure and more. Take the self-checking quizzes that follow each lesson to see how much of the material you've absorbed.

Writing Conventions for 10th Grade - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

If you could use some extra guidance while revising your essay or term paper, check out these fun video lessons. Our experienced instructors will help you examine the impact of everything from word choice and punctuation use to sentence structure and organization on the quality of your work. Use the lessons in this chapter to learn how to:

  • Avoid commonly misused and misspelled words
  • Properly use idioms and phrasal verbs
  • Develop your diction and writing style
  • Write clear and grammatically correct sentences

Video Objective
Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones) Get examples of homophones, homographs and homonyms.
How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good? Discover the steps you can take to improve your writing, such as including specific examples and organizing your ideas.
Commonly Confused Words in English Identify the proper use of some commonly confused and mispronounced words.
How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View Find out how word choice can establish your writing style.
How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs Learn what an idiom is and identify the differences between phrasal verbs, separable phrasal verbs, inseparable phrasal verbs and intransitive phrasal verbs.
Capitalization Rules in Writing Survey capitalization rules for proper nouns, titles, the pronoun 'I' and a sentence's first word.
Active and Passive Voice Learn how to tell the difference between sentences written in passive and active voice.
How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons Practice spotting illogical, ambiguous and incomplete comparisons as well as misused superlative and comparative verb forms.
Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences Discover some best practices for improving sentence clarity.
Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences Find out what a mixed structure sentence looks like and get tips for recognizing them in your work.

10 Lessons in Chapter 16: Writing Conventions for 10th Grade
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

1. 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.

How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

2. How to Write Well: What Makes Writing Good?

From great ideas to great execution, learn what makes writing 'good' and how to transform your writing from 'okay' to accomplished through the use of specific examples, great ideas, and organization.

Commonly Confused Words in English

3. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

4. How to Write With Good Diction to Develop Style, Tone & Point-of-View

Developing a good writing style starts with developing good diction. You can't craft an essay or story the way you want without being able to choose the right words first. Here's how.

How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

5. How to Write with Idioms or Phrasal Verbs

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify idioms and phrasal verbs. Once you can recognize these parts of speech, you will be able to use them yourself in your writing.

Capitalization Rules in Writing

6. 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.

Active and Passive Voice

7. Active and Passive Voice

You may have heard your teachers toss around the terms 'passive voice' and 'active voice'. But if you've never really understood what it means to write actively or passively, stick with us -- and learn how to turn to awkward passive sentences into bright, active ones.

How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

8. How to Write Logical Sentences and Avoid Faulty Comparisons

Your sentences may not always make as much sense as you think they do, especially if you're comparing two or more things. It's easy to let comparisons become illogical, incomplete, or ambiguous. Learn how to avoid making faulty comparisons on your way to writing a great essay.

Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

9. Sentence Clarity: How to Write Clear Sentences

Just because you know a good sentence when you read one doesn't mean that you think it's easy to put one together - forget about writing an essay's worth. Learn how to write clear sentences and turn rough ones into gems.

Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

10. Sentence Structure: Identify and Avoid 'Mixed Structure' Sentences

A mixed structure sentence is a common error that occurs when a writer starts a sentence with one structure but switches to a different structure in the middle of the sentence. This video will teach you how to spot and avoid this type of error.

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