Ch 12: AEPA Reading K-8: Teaching Vocabulary & Literacy

About This Chapter

The lessons in this chapter will help you review topics related to teaching vocabulary and literacy for the Arizona Educator Proficiency Assessments (AEPA) Reading Endorsement K-8 exam.

AEPA Reading K-8: Teaching Vocabulary & Literacy - Chapter Summary

This chapter covers the essential information you'll need to know about teaching vocabulary and literacy for the AEPA Reading Endorsement K-8 exam. You'll cover topics like strategies for teaching vocabulary words to students, types of phrases and their correct usage, and word etymology. Lesson topics also include the following:

  • Guidelines for teaching vocabulary
  • Selecting vocabulary words
  • Using Greek and Latin roots to build vocabulary
  • Examples of semantic noise
  • Determining the meaning of words with structural analysis
  • Syntax and semantics

Chapter topics are broken down into small chunks of information in these brief video and text lessons. Use the personal dashboard feature to track your progress through the chapter. If you have any questions, our expert instructors are happy to help you out!

AEPA Reading K-8: Teaching Vocabulary & Literacy Objectives

The AEPA Reading K-8 exam is part of the licensing requirements for Arizona teachers. It consists of 100 selected-answer questions and one written-response assignment. The exam lasts three and a half hours and is given electronically.

This chapter corresponds to objectives in the Essential Elements of K-8 Literacy Instruction and Intervention subarea of the exam. This section makes up about 40% of the total test. Use these chapter resources to help you correctly answer questions about the role vocabulary plays in reading, effective vocabulary instruction methods and writing activities that support students' vocabulary development.

10 Lessons in Chapter 12: AEPA Reading K-8: Teaching Vocabulary & Literacy
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Research-Based Guidelines for Teaching Vocabulary

1. Research-Based Guidelines for Teaching Vocabulary

In this lesson, you'll learn some best practices for teaching vocabulary words to students. We'll work to understand the insights of researchers who have spent decades discovering what works best.

The Etymology of Words

2. The Etymology of Words

Words are at the center of almost all forms of communication in our society. Watch this video lesson to learn about word etymology and how it affects our world.

Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

3. Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

When students understand and are fluent with vocabulary they have a better understanding of what they read. How can teachers focus their instruction? This lesson will show how to create vocabulary lists to enhance subject knowledge.

How to Teach New Vocabulary

4. How to Teach New Vocabulary

This lesson describes how to introduce a new vocabulary word and several sample activities for reinforcing the meanings of the terms. A short quiz follows the lesson.

How to Teach Vocabulary Words

5. How to Teach Vocabulary Words

Without a rich vocabulary, students have little foundation to understand what they are reading. This lesson highlights vocabulary strategies that can be used to develop student vocabulary skills in elementary, middle and high school.

Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

6. Strategies for Teaching Vocabulary

Vocabulary instruction is an essential component in language development. Using a variety of teaching strategies, including vocabulary journals, foldables, word walls, and games, helps teachers increase student engagement and vocabulary retention.

Teaching Greek & Latin Roots to Enhance Vocabulary

7. Teaching Greek & Latin Roots to Enhance Vocabulary

Latin and Greek roots run rampant in the English Language. This lesson discusses how to use roots and other word parts to give your students the ability to unlock the meaning of unknown words.

Semantic Noise in Communication: Definition & Examples

8. Semantic Noise in Communication: Definition & Examples

Semantic noise can be a serious roadblock to effective communication. In this lesson, you'll learn about semantic noise and be provided examples. A short quiz follows the lesson to help you reinforce your knowledge.

Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

9. Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

Discover the importance of using structural analysis to understand unfamiliar words. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to divide unknown words into known pieces to comprehend their overall meanings.

What is a Phrase?

10. What is a Phrase?

In this lesson, we will define a phrase. We will then discuss the different kinds of phrases, look at examples of each, and then discuss how to use them correctly in writing.

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