Conventions of Usage (16%) Subject-verb agreement Principal parts of verbals Verb forms and verbals Pronouns

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1 T 1. Define and Know (D) 2. Recognize (R) 3. Apply automatically (A) ACT English Grade 10 Usage and Mechanics Conventions of Usage (16%) Subject-verb agreement Principal parts of verbals Verb forms and verbals Pronouns 1 Objectives What Students Need to Know Identify prepositions Ensure correct usage of idiomatically appropriate prepositions Check to be sure pronouns agree with antecedents in increasingly complex sentences Identify subject and verb Usage of adjectives and adverbs Ensure agreement between subject and verb Identify pronoun and antecedent Identify clauses Ensure agreement between pronoun and antecedent Recognize the difference between its and it s, your and you re, who and whom Resources Strategies for Prepositions - Locators in Time and Place: (D, R, A) Lesson - What s My Subject? A Subject-Verb Agreement Mini Lesson: (R, A) Strategies for Pronoun and Antecedent Agreement: (D, R, A) Standards (ACT Scoring Range) Use idiomatically appropriate prepositions especially in combination with verbs (e.g., long for, appeal to) Ensure that a verb agrees with its subject when there is some text between the two Ensure that a pronoun agrees with its antecedent when the two occur in separate clauses or sentences

2 Identify irregular and infrequently used verbs Form past and past participle and present-perfect of irregular and infrequently used verbs Strategies for Verbs and Verbals: (D, R, A) Identify the correct past and past participle forms of irregular and infrequently used verbs and form present-perfect verbs by using have rather than of 2

3 ACT English Grade 10 Usage and Mechanics T 1. Define and Know (D) Sentence Structure and Formation 24% 2. Recognize (R) Sentence Fragments Consistency and tense 3. Apply automatically (A) Run-on sentences Parallelism Connectives Transitional words and phases Modifiers 3 Objectives What Students Need to Know Identify correct sentence structure and organization Identify misuse of parts of speech and sentence components Ensure sentence fluency revise writing to correct faulty coordination and subordination of clauses revise sentences to correct inconsistencies in verb tense and pronoun person Identify phrases and clauses Ensure correct placement of phrases and clauses Ensure sentence fluency Use sentence-combining techniques to create more sophisticated sentences; check to avoid fragments, comma splices, and run-ons Resources Strategies for Which vs. That: (D, R, A) Strategies for Sentence Variety: (D, R, A) Strategies for Clauses - The Essential Building Block: (D, R, A) Strategies for Run-on Sentences/Comma Splices: (D, R, A) Standards (ACT Scoring Range) Recognize and correct marked disturbances of sentence flow and structure (e.g. participial phrase fragments, missing or incorrect relative pronouns, dangling or misplaced modifiers) Revise to avoid faulty placement of phrases and faulty coordination and subordination of clauses in sentences with subtle structural problems

4 Identify verb and verb tense Identify pronoun person. Ensure consistency in context of sentence or paragraph Know punctuation options for improving sentence flow Strategies for the Verb to Be: (D, R) Strategies for Verb Tenses: (D, R) Strategies for Pronoun Consistency: (D, R, A) Maintain consistent verb tense and pronoun person on the basis of the preceding clause or sentence 4

5 ACT English Grade 10 Usage and Mechanics T 1. Define and Know (D) Conventions and Punctuation 13% 2. Recognize (R) Commas Dash 3. Apply automatically (A) Semicolon Question marks Colon Exclamation point Hyphen Quotation marks Apostrophe Parentheses Objectives What Students Need to Know Identify parenthetical phrases Comma usage Use punctuation to set off nonessential information in a sentence Recognize inappropriate uses of commas Appropriate comma usage for sentence flow Resources Strategies for parenthetical phrases: (D) Additional Activities: (A) (D, R, A) Standards (ACT Scoring Range) Use commas to set off simple parenthetical phrases Delete unnecessary commas when an incorrect reading of the sentence suggests a pause that should be punctuated (e.g., between verb and direct object clause) 5

6 Identify parenthetical phrases Comma Usage Use commas to set off nonessential appositives or clauses Use semicolons to indicate relationships between independent clauses Appropriate comma usage and sentence flow in complicated sentences Identify apostrophe Identify possessive noun Power Point The Mighty Apostrophe: grammar/ppt/apostrophe.pps (D, R) (A) Use punctuation to set off complex parenthetical phrases Recognize and delete unnecessary commas based on a careful reading of a complicated sentence (e.g., between the elements of a compound subject or verb joined by and) Use apostrophes to indicate simple possessive nouns 6

7 Identify colon and semicolon and their usage PowerPoint The Colon: A Sentence Gateway (A) PowerPoint Our Friend The Semi-Colon: (D, R) Strategies for The Semi-Colon: (D, R) Strategies for The Colon: (D, R) Online Quiz Using Colons Effectively: (A) Recognize inappropriate uses of colons and semicolons 7

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