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ACT Reading: Word Meanings and Choice - Chapter Summary
The ACT Reading section will require you to read text passages and answer questions about word meanings and choice. This chapter shows you strategies for determining word meaning through several factors. Work through each lesson to solidify your understanding of word structure, language, tone, mood and more. When you're finished with the chapter material, you should be able to:
- Determine the meaning of words through context
- Construct meaning with word structure, context clues and prior knowledge
- Differentiate between connotation and denotation
- Recognize examples of figurative and sensory language
- Evaluate a reading passage's mood and tone
Following each lesson is a short quiz that gives you the opportunity to practice applying your reading skills. You'll retain important terms and strengthen your ability to use context to find word meanings. If you need clarification on a lesson topic, don't hesitate to submit questions to our instructors online.
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.
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.
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. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples
This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.
5. Sensory Language: Definition & Examples
This lesson assists you in identifying and understanding the components of sensory writing found in literature. Learn more about sensory writing and test your understanding with a short quiz.
6. Understanding Tone and Mood in a Reading Passage
In this lesson, we will define the literary terms tone and mood. We will then discuss how to identify each of them, as well as how to identify them in small reading passages.
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