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Ch 6: MTEL Foundations of Reading: Word Analysis

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Learn useful ways to help students use word analysis skills to determine word meaning by watching the engaging video lessons in this study guide chapter. Information in this section will help prepare you for these types of questions on the MTEL Foundations of Reading exam.

MTEL Foundations of Reading: Word Analysis - Chapter Summary

Helping students learn how to deconstruct words through word analysis strategies to determine word meaning is an essential component of building reading and fluency skills. The video lessons in this chapter outline the basic principles of word analysis, including:

  • Word spelling and patterns, including prefixes, suffixes and root words
  • Examining affixes, roots, syllabication and word breaks to find word meaning
  • Understanding the origins and morphology of words, as well as the context in which they are presented to assess meaning
  • Differentiating between homonyms, homophones and homographs
  • Strategies for promoting spelling development through all stages of reading development
  • Purpose of syntax in writing
  • Utilizing cueing systems for word analysis

The foundations of successful reading skills are rooted in a student's ability to understand word meaning by effectively utilizing word analysis strategies. This study guide chapter thoroughly details these essential word-decoding strategies so you are prepared to teach them in your classroom and successfully navigate them on the MTEL Foundations of Reading exam. To ensure you are exam and classroom-ready, practice your comprehension of this material by taking the lesson quizzes and chapter exam.

MTEL Foundations of Reading: Word Analysis - Chapter Objectives

The Massachusetts Tests for Educator Licensure (MTEL) offers a Foundations of Reading exam for educators seeking licensure in this domain. This exam is required for Early Childhood, Elementary and Moderate Disabilities licenses.This specific exam is designed to assess an applicant's understanding of this content area in compliance with Massachusetts state curriculum standards. It is a computer-based exam with 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response assignments. Applicants have four hours to complete all questions contained in the test's four subareas. Questions referencing word analysis strategies are included in the objectives of the first subarea, Foundations of Reading Development. This section contains approximately 35% of the total exam questions.

This study guide chapter efficiently prepares you for the types of questions you'll encounter in this portion of the MTEL Foundations of Reading exam with its thorough coverage of word analysis strategies and opportunities to practice information retention with lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. Instructors are also always available to answer any questions and help you prepare for this exam.

11 Lessons in Chapter 6: MTEL Foundations of Reading: Word Analysis
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Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

1. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

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.

The Etymology of Words

3. The Etymology of Words

Words are at the center of almost all forms of communication in our society. Watch this video lesson to learn about word etymology and how it affects our world.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

4. 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.

Promoting Spelling Development at All Stages

5. Promoting Spelling Development at All Stages

Spelling is an important skill that all students need to learn. Effective teachers design programs to promote spelling development for all students at all stages of development. This lesson details how to support students as they grow as spellers.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

6. 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.

Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

7. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.

Homograph: Definition & Examples

8. Homograph: Definition & Examples

This lesson will examine the homograph, a phenomenon of language whereby two distinct words, with two distinct meanings, share the same spelling. The lesson also will illustrate the confusion that can arise from poor awareness of homographs.

Morphology of English: Definition & Studies

9. Morphology of English: Definition & Studies

Morphology is the study of parts of language and how we use these parts to form words. In this lesson you'll find out the building blocks of language and how to use these blocks to construct words and deconstruct sentences. A short quiz follows.

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.

Teaching Syllabication & Word Breaks

11. Teaching Syllabication & Word Breaks

Learning how to break words up into syllables is a helpful part of spelling and decoding. This lesson gives you some ideas about how to teach syllabication and word breaks.

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