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Word Knowledge - Chapter Summary
The many details covered in this chapter can help 8th grade students beyond middle school. The video lessons, multiple-choice quizzes and video transcripts can aid parents and teachers in helping students recall complex definitions and techniques.
Chapter Lessons and Objectives
|What is a Synonym? - Definition, Examples & Quiz||This lesson provides a fundamental instruction on the meaning and use of a synonym.|
|What are Antonyms? - Definition, Examples & Quiz||Students will learn what an antonym is and its use in a sentence.|
|What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples||Instructors will examine the meanings of connotation and denotation and review practical examples.|
|Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words||Eighth graders will discover the Latin and Greek affixes and roots of a variety of words.|
|Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure||In this lesson, the strategies used to help individuals comprehend what they read will be explained.|
|How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words||Students learn ways to define the meaning of an unknown word by its context.|
|Understanding Words By Their Relationships||Instructors explain terms such as connotation, denotation, analogy and synonym to discover the meaning of a word.|
|Commonly Confused Words in English||This lesson breaks down some of the pairs and groups of words that are commonly mixed up.|
|Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)||Students receive instruction on the difference between homophones and homonyms.|
1. What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we look at the definition of a synonym and review why they are important in writing and building vocabulary. We also look at some examples and note where you can apply them in your own writing.
2. What are Antonyms? - Definition & Examples
In this lesson, we will take a look at antonyms. Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings to other words in a sentence. Using antonyms can help us improve our writing and vocabulary skills.
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.
4. 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.
5. 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.
6. 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.
7. Understanding Words By Their Relationships
Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.
8. Commonly Confused Words in English
Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.
9. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)
Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.
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