HSE Prep – English

Welcome to our High School Equivalency Prep page for English! We will be updating this page every Tuesday whilst we are closed to help support you in your learning. 

Each week we will post links to videos and tasks for English, selected by our Education Coordinator. If you need any help, you can do two things – text The Literacy Center at (812) 250-8724 , or email us at admin@litcenter.org.

Week Twenty

This week we are learning about Parallel structure, that adds both clout and clarity to your writing. When you use parallel structure, you increase the readability of your writing by creating word patterns.

Week Nineteen

Let’s explore how to use modifiers in reading and writing. A working definition for the word “modify” is to change or to alter something. … A modifier changes, clarifies, qualifies, or limits a particular word in a sentence in order to add emphasis, explanation, or detail. Modifiers tend to be descriptive words, such as adjectives and adverbs.

Week Eighteen

Subordinate clause is a clause that does not make sense on its own and cannot be a sentence on its own.

Week Seventeen

Let’s explore how to use a comma (,). A comma marks a slight break between different parts of a sentence. We need to remember few rules to use it properly.

Week Sixteen

This week we are going to talk about Period, A period is a small dot-shaped punctuation mark that is used at the end of any sentence that is intended to make a statement.

Week Fifteen

This week we are learning about, Homonyms or Homophones, well these can be really confusing at times, these are two or more words that sound alike but that are spelled differently and have different meanings.

Week Fourteen

Quotation marks, also known as quotes, quote marks, speech marks, inverted commas, or talking marks, are punctuation marks used in pairs in various writing systems to set off direct speech, a quotation, or a phrase.

Week Thirteen

Apostrophes are punctuation marks that look like a floating comma. They are used in contractions to replace letters from two words being joined together. Also, they are used with the letter ‘s’ in possessives to show ownership.

Week Twelve

hyphen is a punctuation mark. It is used both to join words and to separate syllables. It is often confused with a dash, which is longer. Hyphenation is the use of hyphens.

Week Eleven

This week, let’s understand the uses of colons, and semicolons…. In writing, we use colons and semicolons to make connections and introductions

Week Ten

Capitalization means to make the first letter of a word a capital letter, as in the ‘A’ in the word, ‘Alabama. ‘ Capitalization is used when you want to show the reader that a word is of special importance. You can’t just start capitalizing any words; however, you have to follow the rules! 

Week Nine

Commas can be a little confusing, especially because they seem to be so simple to use. In this lesson, we are looking at what run-ons and comma splices are.

It’s recommended that you take a look at the previous lesson – sentences – and revise commas a little bit before jumping into this lesson. 

Week Eight

What makes a sentence a sentence? Are there any rules? Do we have to follow them? Let’s find out in this week’s video and guide. 

This week, we are learning about Comma splices, run-ons, and fused sentences that are all names that refer to compound sentences that aren’t punctuated properly. A comma splice occurs when a comma is used between two independent clauses. Both comma splices and run-ons create grammatical problems.

This week let’s explore,  how to identify and create simple, compound and complex sentences and use them in your own writing. 

This week we are learning how to write good sentences. Do you struggle to write longer sentences that are also clear and elegant? Let’s talk about different strategies for writing different types of sentences simple, compound and complex.

This week, we will be looking at the different elements of a short story, lets try to finish a few short stories.

We use figurative language when we want to have a strong effect. Sometimes, it’s not enough to say ‘I’m hungry’. We say something like ‘If I don’t eat something now, I’ll collapse!’ – and that’s figurative language. Find out more below…

This week is all about points of view. We come across points of view everyday – especially in writing. Get started by watching the videos below. 

This week we will be looking at character and theme, by looking at excerpts – small bits of stories. 

One of the best things you can do right now is read books in a quiet room. They don’t need to be long, or about anything in particular – just words on a page. This is one of the most powerful things that can help you, that most people ignore!