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Meaning of Words - Chapter Summary
Sharpen your skills in the use of words in the reading comprehension process. These short and engaging lessons review the reading skills necessary for figuring out the meaning of words from a text. At the end of this chapter, you can:
- Summarize constructing meaning with context clues, prior knowledge, and word structure
- Determine the meaning by using syntactic and semantic context clues
- Explain how to understand words by their relationships
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1. 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.
2. Using Syntactic & Semantic Context Clues to Determine Meaning
English language learners require instruction in syntax and semantics to successfully determine word meaning. This lesson covers the basics of syntactic and semantic context clues and how these two clues help solve potential confusion.
3. 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.
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