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Ch 4: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Acquiring & Using Vocabulary

About This Chapter

Our Acquiring & Using Vocabulary chapter is designed to help 8th graders to expand and enhance their vocabulary skills. As they work through the material in these lessons, they will reinforce their knowledge of skills that will help them on the FSA Grade 8 ELA exam.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Acquiring & Using Vocabulary - Chapter Summary

There is an art to using words effectively. These lessons will help students to gain fluency and efficiency in that art as they prepare for the FSA Grade 8 ELA exam. The lessons will aid students with the following:

  • Acquiring meaning using context
  • Acquiring vocabulary and using references
  • Working with vocabulary on standardized tests
  • Understanding metaphor, irony and allusion
  • Understanding synonyms and antonyms
  • Defining and explaining connotation and denotation
  • Understanding word relationships

Our video lessons are presented by instructors who are acknowledged experts in their fields. Students have access to them for questions or other assistance as needed, and there are additional subject matter experts available also. Their expertise and ready access ensures that students have the help they need at every stage of the exam review process.

FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Acquiring & Using Vocabulary Chapter Objectives

The FSA exams are given by grade level to ensure that students are gaining the skills they need to move on, and that their progress is in accordance with the Florida State Assessment standards. This chapter of our FSA Grade 8 ELA test prep study guide meets the specifications of the Vocabulary Acquisition and Use cluster of the Language Standards strand.

There are between 52 and 68 questions in a variety of formats on the FSA Grade 8 ELA exam. The formats include multiple-choice, multi-select, open response, grid, equation, editing task and hot text, and may be either computer or paper-based. The percentage of technology-enhanced items ranges from 25% to 50% of the test.

12 Lessons in Chapter 4: FSA - Grade 8 ELA: Acquiring & Using Vocabulary
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How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

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.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

2. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

Standardized Test Vocabulary

3. Standardized Test Vocabulary

This lesson will highlight vocabulary terms that are commonly associated with standardized assessment tests. A short quiz will follow that will allow you to test your knowledge.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

4. 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.

Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

5. Types of Irony: Examples & Definitions

Discover, once and for all, what irony is and is not. Explore three types of irony: verbal, situational and dramatic, and learn about some famous and everyday examples.

Allusion in Literature - Definition & Examples

6. Allusion in Literature - Definition & Examples

Sometimes it's easier for a writer to explain an idea by making a reference to a famous story, person, event, or object. This reference is called an allusion, and in this lesson, you will learn what an allusion is and read several examples from literature.

What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

7. What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at the definition of a synonym and review why they are important in writing and building vocabulary. We will also look at some examples and note where you could apply them in your own writing.

What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

8. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.

What is Connotation? - Definition & Meaning

9. What is Connotation? - Definition & Meaning

In this lesson, you'll learn what connotation is and how it suggests more than a word's literal dictionary meaning. Then take a look at some common examples of connotation.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

10. 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.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

11. 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.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

12. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

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