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Ch 7: Writing Mechanics

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Watch video lessons and learn about the different aspects of writing that can be confusing, such as homophones, comma use and punctuation. These video lessons are short and engaging and make learning easy!

Writing Mechanics - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Writing mechanics are the foundation of a written piece. Mechanics are basically the punctuation, capitalization and proper word choices in a written piece. This chapter will go over a variety of writing mechanics. You may not realize that capitalization can be tricky. Don't believe me? Well, you probably know the basic rules - capitalize the first word in a sentence and capitalize proper nous. However, do you capitalize these words - president, biology course, physics department or deep south? Not sure? That's what our lessons will help you with. You'll learn all the rules about capitalization and punctuation. You'll also take a look at some tricky spelling issues related to homonyms and homophones. Some of the things you'll learn about in these lessons will include:

  • What words need to be capitalized
  • How to properly use a semicolon
  • When to use single and double quotes
  • How to use ellipses correctly
  • When to use a hyphen
  • How to deal with spelling words that sound alike

VideoObjective
Rules of Capitalization Analyze the tricky rules associated with capitalization.
Punctuation: Using Commas, Colons, Semicolons & Periods Discover how to properly use commas, colons, semicolons and periods.
Additional Punctuation marks: Question Mark, Brackets, Exclamation Point, Dash, Ellipsis, Hyphen, Parentheses, Quotation Marks & Apostrophe Take a look at how to remove all the confusion related to these different types of punctuation.
Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones) Examine how to take the guess work out of using and spelling homonyms and homophones.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Writing Mechanics
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Capitalization Rules in Writing

1. 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.

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.

Comma Usage: Avoid Confusion in Clauses & Contrasting Sentence Parts

4. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

5. 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.

Question Mark: Definition & Use

6. 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

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.

Apostrophe: Use & Examples

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

11. 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.

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