Ch 6: Middle School Language Arts: Word Knowledge

About This Chapter

In this lesson, the topic of word knowledge refers to many things, including understanding when to use a word or ways to figure out the context of a word. The lesson's videos and quizzes help middle school students master the material that may be included in a language arts class.

Word Knowledge - Chapter Summary

This lesson breaks down a variety of topics related to words, such as when words sound alike or mean the same thing, connotation, context and historical roots. Teachers and parents helping middle schoolers learn this material can use the short video lessons and self-assessment quizzes to gauge students' comprehension of the covered concepts.

Chapter Lessons and Objectives

Lesson Objective
What is a Synonym? - Definition, Examples & Quiz Understand the meaning of a synonym and how it's used in language.
What are Antonyms? - Definition, Examples & Quiz Get the definition of antonyms and see examples of their use.
What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples Learn the differences between denotations and connotations.
Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words Discover how to use roots and affixes when trying to understand the definition of words.
Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure Read about the strategies individuals take when trying to understand reading material.
How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words In this lesson, instructors explain how to use the words, phrases or sentences surrounding a word to comprehend its meaning.
Understanding Words By Their Relationships This lesson helps students learn ways to understand words by seeing their association to other words; the types of analogies are also discussed.
Commonly Confused Words in English Students learn how to distinguish between similar words, such as their, they're and there.
Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones) Examine the use of homophones and homonyms.

7 Lessons in Chapter 6: Middle School Language Arts: Word Knowledge
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What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

1. 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.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

2. 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.

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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

4. 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.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

5. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

6. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

7. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

Chapter Practice Exam
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