With the advent of spell check and computer programs, the importance of spelling has been questioned. Does this sound familiar? "Why should I learn how to spell? Isn't this the twenty-first century? My computer corrects spelling errors for me."
The reality is that you cannot rely on a spell checker. Spell check frequently misses words. Yes, it catches many of the misspelled words, but certainly not all of them. Consider the following sentences: "I might write for you." and "Eye mite right four ewe." Spell check would pass both through with flying colors.
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Read the following before starting the lesson:
Visit Grammar Bytes to view PowerPoint Presentations on spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.
By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
Spelling, Capitalization, and Punctuation
Spelling, capitalization, and punctuation are three aspects of grammar that are essential to effective writing. This lesson focuses on learning some rules that can help with spelling.
Spelling Tips: A Few Suggestions...
Everyone has a few words they find difficult to spell. Track down these words, and start a list. Here are a few of the most commonly misspelled words:
Ever tried to spell antidisestablishmentarianism? Seems impossible, right? It really isn't. Chunk it up. anti—dis—es—tab—lish—men—tar—ian—ism. Try that with elevator, impossible, operation, and discovery.
Use the following list of memory aids to spell certain difficult words.
- Together is made up of three words: to+ get + her.
- There is a rat in the middle of separate.
- You can remember how to spell the word because by using this the following memory aid:
Bake Eight Cupcakes And Use Six Eggs
Be careful here, though. This might get you into baking trouble. Six eggs are way too many eggs for eight cupcakes.
- You hear with your ear.
Look for prefixes, suffixes, and roots. When you are chunking up your words, look for patterns like those that appear in information, destination, and combination.
Visit the following Web site for more details about spelling rules and suggestions.
Take time to view this spelling presentation for a detailed look at spelling rules and examples.
Now that you have learned basic spelling rules, it is time to look at capitalization. Learn capitalization rules and avoid common errors by reviewing the following presentation.
Punctuation is needed to help the reader know how he or she should read a sentence. Punctuation marks are visual cues that have meaning.
Read the sections under Punctuation to learn about the types of punctuation, their meanings and how to use them.
Next, take a look at the presentation below:
Now, it is your turn to practice. Try these interactive exercises:
Ultimately, better spellers are better readers. Better readers are better writers. These three areas are all connected.
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For more on capitalization:
For more on punctuation:
Now that you have finished the practice and review activities, it is time to test your knowledge. Complete the assignments below.