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Ch 14: 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

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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 14: AEPA Reading K-8: Teaching Vocabulary & Literacy
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Research-Based Guidelines for Teaching Vocabulary

1. Research-Based Guidelines for Teaching Vocabulary

Research has guided the development of teaching strategies for specific vocabulary skills. Learn the guidelines for building vocabulary through word play, the STAR model, independent problem solving, and individual & group reading.

The Etymology of Words

2. The Etymology of Words

Etymology is the study of words, their origins, and the ways their meanings and connotations change over time. Learn how to define etymology, explore its function in literature and language, and review examples from Latin, English, and German.

Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

3. Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

Vocabulary terms are selected intentionally to be appropriate for the specific context of learning. Learn how quality vocabulary words are chosen, and details of the three tiers of vocabulary words.

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

Students may not comprehend what they are reading when they do not have a rich vocabulary. Learn about how to teach vocabulary words with methods such as scaffolding vocabulary, word walls, words maps, flashcards, and bingo.

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

Clear communication is important in all aspects of life and semantic noise can interfere with the transmission of communication. Explore the definition and examples of semantic noise, how semantic noise impacts effective communication, and the differences that can create semantic noise.

Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

9. Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

Structural analysis is an important tool when confronted with new words. Learn how to use structural analysis to determine the meaning of words, evaluate the importance of such a method, and understand how to teach it.

What is a Phrase?

10. What is a Phrase?

A phrase is a group of words that do not express a complete thought. Discover the definition of a phrase and its role in creating a sentence, and explore noun, absolute, and verb phrases.

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