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Ch 3: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Understanding Word Choice

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These lessons can help you improve your skills in writing literary passages by reviewing prefixes and suffixes of words, word relationships, connotations, denotations, metaphors, similes and context clues. Use this chapter to prepare for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Understanding Word Choice - Chapter Summary

When studying for the CUNY Assessment Test in Writing (CATW), you can use these lessons to improve your skills on word choice. Some of the topics covered in these lessons include:

  • Prefixes and suffixes
  • Using relationships between words to understanding meanings
  • How word choice can affect the tone of a passage
  • Connotations and denotations
  • Metaphors and similes
  • Using context clues to understand meanings
  • Using prior knowledge and word structure to construct meanings

These lesson videos are mobile device friendly so that you can watch them at your own convenience. In addition to watching these videos, be sure to read the text transcripts to reinforce your mastery over the material. These lessons are taught by professional instructors who are available to answer any questions about these topics you my develop during the course of this chapter.

CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Understanding Word Choice Chapter Objectives

The CUNY Assessment Test in Writing is used to assess the writing abilities of students applying for admission into a CUNY school. When you take this writing exam, you will be asked to read and analyze a passage and then construct an essay response, all in 90 minutes. The material presented in this chapter can help improve your abilities in constructing meanings with word choice.

12 Lessons in Chapter 3: CUNY Assessment Test in Writing: Understanding Word Choice
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

1. 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.

Prefixes: Definition & Examples

2. Prefixes: Definition & Examples

Learn how the meanings of simple words can be changed with the addition of a prefix. Using this knowledge, you will gain the skill of quickly unlocking the meanings of more complex words.

What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

3. What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

A suffix is an important part of language found at the end of many words. Suffixes can be the key to figuring out the meaning of a complex word. Let's take a look at suffixes and how they can work to determine a word's meaning or even part of speech.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

4. 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.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

5. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

6. 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

7. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

8. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

What is Context? - Definition & Application

9. What is Context? - Definition & Application

In writing, context is the information surrounding the information. Without context, information can be misinterpreted; with context, information can be understood.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

10. 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.

Context Clue: Definition & Examples

11. Context Clue: Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of context clues found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about context clues in this lesson.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

12. 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.

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