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Ch 2: NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings

About This Chapter

This study chapter on structure, analysis, and word meanings is designed to help prepare you for the NES English Language Arts exam. The video-based lessons come with quizzes and practice exams to expose you to the types of questions you're likely to face on test day.

NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review how to use word structure and context to determine meaning and explore the different kinds of meaning so you can feel more confident in your ability to answer related questions on the NES ELA exam. The following topics are covered by the lessons in this chapter:

  • Context and meaning
  • Connotation and denotation
  • Morphemes
  • Word structure and meaning
  • Reference materials and vocabulary

The brief video lessons and their written transcripts give you two ways to cover the same material. Review the video topic-by-topic with the interactive timeline feature and take the lesson quizzes and practice exams to get ready for test day.

NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings - Chapter Objectives

The NES English Language Arts test is given as a certification tool for English teachers. This chapter relates to Content Domain 1: Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension, and Reading Various Text Forms. The test is computer-based and consists of 150 multiple choice questions. Content Domain 1 makes up approximately 23% of the test.

6 Lessons in Chapter 2: NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings
How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

1. How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

With diligence and intrepid ingenuity, you can use context to ascertain the purport of a word. In other words, in this lesson, we'll find out how to use context to figure out what words mean.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

2. Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

In this lesson, you will learn how readers use prior knowledge, context clues and word structure to aid their understanding of what they read. Explore these strategies through examples from literature and everyday life.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

3. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.

Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

4. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

The smallest recognized unit of grammar and syntax, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

5. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

6. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

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