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Ch 1: NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings

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This study chapter on structure, analysis, and word meanings is designed to help prepare you for the NES English Language Arts exam. The video-based lessons come with quizzes and practice exams to expose you to the types of questions you're likely to face on test day.

NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings - Chapter Summary

Use this chapter to review how to use word structure and context to determine meaning. You'll also explore the development of the English language, so you can feel more confident in your ability to answer related questions on the NES ELA exam. Once you complete this chapter you should be able to:

  • Construct meaning using context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
  • Define connotation and denotation
  • Utilize affixes and roots to find meaning of words
  • Use reference materials for vocabulary
  • Discuss the impact of technology and culture on the English language

The brief video lessons and their written transcripts give you two ways to cover the same material. Review the video topic-by-topic with the interactive timeline feature and take the lesson quizzes and practice exams to get ready for test day.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: NES ELA: Structure, Analysis & Word Meanings
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Impact of Technology & Culture on the English Language

1. Impact of Technology & Culture on the English Language

Can a language evolve so dramatically that it becomes almost unrecognizable? This lesson discusses how technological and cultural shifts have shaped the English language over time.

History of the English Language: Influences & Development

2. History of the English Language: Influences & Development

Ever wonder how English came to be the language it is today? This video lesson gives a brief account of how English has transformed during the last few thousand years of history.

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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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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