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- Students who have fallen behind in understanding the specifics of writing mechanics
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Students Will Review:
This chapter helps students review the concepts in a writing mechanics unit of a standard college English composition course. Topics covered include:
- The meaning of synonyms, antonyms and pragmatics
- How to identify types of sentences
- Understanding the etymology of words
- Embedding and expanding sentences
- Ways to identify errors in adjectives, comparison, coordination, negation, idiomatic expressions and more
- How to identify wrong word use
- Spelling, word patterns and variations in language across cultures
- Avoiding redundancy in writing and properly using apostrophes
- Ways to identify errors in agreement for nouns and pronouns
- Understanding syntax in writing and the history of the English language
- The definition of analogy in literature
1. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples
We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.
2. Variations in Language Across Cultures
Language varies from culture to culture. Even within the same language, there are differences in how it is spoken. Watch this video lesson to learn some of the ways English differs in different cultures.
3. Identifying Types of Sentences
Our language has four types of sentences. Watch this video lesson to not only learn the four types but also to discover the tricks to identifying types of sentences.
4. The Etymology of Words
Words are at the center of almost all forms of communication in our society. Watch this video lesson to learn about word etymology and how it affects our world.
5. Sentence Embedding & Expanding
Does your writing rely too heavily on simple sentences? Watch this video lesson to learn how to build more complex sentences using sentence embedding.
6. What is Pragmatics? - Definition & Examples
You use pragmatics on an everyday basis, but do you know how? Watch this video lesson to not only learn the meaning of pragmatics but also how you use it every day.
7. How to Identify Errors in Adjectives, Adverbs, Nouns & Agreement
All sentences must have agreement. But what does that mean? How do you make words agree? Watch this video lesson to learn the answers to all your questions on agreement.
8. How to Identify Errors in Comparison, Correlation & Parallelism
Ever write something that sounded just a bit off? You might be making simple errors with comparison, correlation and parallelism. Watch this video lesson to learn about these concepts and how to avoid misusing them.
9. How to Identify Errors in Coordination & Subordination
Watch this video lesson to learn how to expand the sentences in your writing to create much more complex works using two methods: subordination and coordination.
10. How to Identify Errors in Negation
Negation is an extremely important aspect of all communication. But what is it? Watch this video lesson to learn not only the meaning of negation, but how to avoid making common errors in your writing.
11. How to Identify Errors in Idiomatic Expressions
You use idioms constantly. They are a dime a dozen! But what are they? How do you know if you've used one incorrectly? Watch this video lesson to soothe all your concerns about idioms.
12. How to Identify Wrong Word Use
Words are constantly being used incorrectly. Not sure if a word you used in your writing is correct? Watch this video lesson to learn three ways to identify errors in word use.
13. 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.
14. Language & Language Regions: Definitions & Dialects
Do you know what lolly water is? How about gym boots? In this lesson, you'll consider how word choices, accent and pronunciation are all part of our use of language and how this varies by region.
15. How to Avoid Redundancy in Your Writing
Does your writing redundantly say the same thing twice? Is it full of unnecessary and inessential repetition of things you've already said before? Learn how to fix it here!
16. Apostrophes: Possession with Singular, Plural and Multiple Nouns
Confused about possessives and plurals? Don't know your from you're? Well, that's about to change! In this lesson, you'll learn just a few simple rules to help you figure out when to use apostrophes and why.
17. Identifying Errors in Agreement for Nouns & Pronouns
Agreement does not just mean sharing the same opinion. In grammar, agreement means so much more. Watch this video lesson to learn how agreement works in our sentences.
18. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples
Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.
19. History of the English Language: Influences & Development
Ever wonder how English came to be the language it is today? This video lesson gives a brief account of how English has transformed during the last few thousand years of history.
20. Identifying Errors in Sentence Structure
There are many rules detailing how to build sentences. One mistake can change how a sentence is understood. This lesson discusses how to avoid some common errors in sentence structure.
21. Analogy in Literature: Definition & Examples
In this lesson, you will learn the definition of an analogy, how to use this common literary device in writing and how to interpret its meaning when reading text.
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- Conventions in Writing - Usage: Help and Review
- How to Revise an Essay: Help and Review
- Using Source Materials: Help and Review
- Parts of an Essay: Help and Review
- Essay Writing: Help and Review
- Reading and Understanding Essays: Help and Review
- Composition Best Practices - Theory and Application: Help and Review
- The Writing Process: Revision and Skill Development
- Teaching Writing
- Teaching Materials & Resources
- Prose Nonfiction
- Prose Fiction
- Nonfiction and Informational Text Skills Practice
- Teaching Literature
- Reading Basics
- Analyzing Reading
- Analyzing & Interpreting a Passage
- Analyzing Key Ideas of Nonfiction & Informational Text
- Teaching Reading
- Speaking Skills