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7th Grade English Vocabulary Words

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

In this lesson, we will look at some specific academic vocabulary terms that seventh grade students need to learn to be successful in English Language Arts.

Academic Language

Academic language consists of specific words that students may not hear on a regular basis that enhance the student's ability to comprehend academic concepts. In this lesson, we will examine some of the terms that students should be successful with to gain a better understanding of English Language Arts in the seventh grade.

Word Study

The following terms will help students better understand structural analysis and vocabulary lessons.

  • Affix is a group of letters that are added to the beginning (prefix) or end (suffix) of a root word that change the meaning of the word. For example, in the word 'unreasonable', 'un-' and '-able' are affixes that are added to the root word 'reason.'
  • Antecedent is the person, place, or thing to which a pronoun is referring. For example, identify the antecedent in the sentence, 'Jaimie decided not to go to the movie. Instead, she took a nap.' Jaimie is the antecedent for the pronoun 'she.'
  • Antonym is a word that has a definition that is opposite of another word. For example, the antonym for the word 'stop' is 'go.'
  • Etymology is the history of words. For example, the word 'dachschund,' which is used to describe a breed of dog, comes from the German word 'dachs,' which means 'badger' plus 'hund,' which means 'dog.'
  • Homophones are two words that sound alike, but mean different things and are spelled differently. For example, the words 'bear' and 'bare' are homophones.
  • Possessive indicates ownership. For example, in the sentence, 'I took my dog for a walk,' the possessive pronoun 'my' indicates the relationship between the dog and me.

Literary Terms

The following terms refer to literary devices that authors use to make their reading more engaging.

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