Ch 5: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Word Meanings

About This Chapter

Let us help you brush up on strategies for determining the meaning of words as you prepare for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam. Our lessons and quizzes can aid in your study for these types of exam questions.

GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Word Meanings - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter's lessons to refresh your knowledge of methods to ascertain the meaning of words in a written passage. These videos cover the following methods of deriving meaning to help you prepare for the GACE Middle Grades ELA exam:

  • Utilizing context to determine meaning
  • Using context clues, prior knowledge and word structure to ascertain meaning
  • Defining and recognizing types of morphemes
  • Finding word meaning by using affixes and roots
  • Building vocabulary with reference materials

You can study these video lessons on a computer or mobile device, anytime your schedule permits. The lessons include written transcripts so you can read along with the instructor. Some transcripts link to text lessons that offer additional information.

5 Lessons in Chapter 5: GACE Middle Grades ELA: Identifying Word Meanings
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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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

2. 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.

Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

3. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

The smallest recognized unit of meaning, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

4. 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.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

5. 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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