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Ch 6: GACE English: Meaning of Words

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Review a number of components of word meaning by looking at the short, fun video lessons in this chapter. You can brush up on various potential GACE English question topics.

GACE English: Meaning of Words - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons explore many factors that help an individual determine the intended meaning of words. Your reinforced understanding of such issues will help you to answer questions on the GACE English assessment asking about:

  • Using context to determine meaning
  • Types of context clues
  • Identifying word meaning through structural analysis
  • How word choice influences meaning and tone
  • The segmentation of phonemes
  • How implicit phonics is different from explicit phonics
  • The definition of phonemic awareness
  • Major types of cueing systems
  • Using word relationships to determine meaning
  • The difference between similes and metaphors
  • Prefixes, suffixes, affixes and roots

Watch multiple videos back-to-back or spread them out across small chunks of your free time. These videos have an average individual length of five minutes. You can take a short practice quiz once you complete any video to verify your knowledge.

GACE English: Meaning of Words Chapter Objectives

The GACE English assessment helps determines teacher qualification in the state of Georgia. The language subarea of test II has an objective pertaining to content in the Meaning of Words chapter. Approximately 23% of your score across test II's 65 multiple-choice questions and two constructed-response items comes from the respective subarea. Questions from the language subarea all have a multiple-choice format.

16 Lessons in Chapter 6: GACE English: Meaning of Words
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What is Context? - Definition & Application

1. 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

2. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

3. 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.

Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

4. 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.

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.

Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

6. Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

Phonemes are tiny units of sound in speech. When phonemes are combined, they can make up words. In this lesson, we will discuss what phonemes are, how to segment them in words and why they are important.

Explicit & Implicit Phonics Approaches to Literacy

7. Explicit & Implicit Phonics Approaches to Literacy

Phonics are a fundamental part of learning to read well. But how should they be taught? In this lesson, we'll examine both explicit and implicit approaches to phonics instruction, including the pros and cons of each and example activities.

Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

8. Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

Phonics, phonemic awareness, and phonological awareness may all sound really similar, but they are all different yet important skills required for successful reading. Watch this lesson to find out about each one and how to develop them.

Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

9. Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

In this lesson, you will work toward being able to explain phonics as a teaching method, understanding the connection between phonics and phonological awareness, and understanding some activities and strategies to help with teaching phonics.

Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

10. Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

What happens when you're reading, and you come across an unfamiliar word? In this lesson, we'll explore the three major cueing systems for reading: graphic, syntactic, and semantic. We'll also discuss activities to teach each system.

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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

12. 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.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

13. 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.

Prefixes: Definition & Examples

14. 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

15. 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.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

16. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

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