Ch 1: NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Word Meanings

About This Chapter

Use the lessons and quizzes in this chapter to learn strategies for deciphering word meanings so you are prepared for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Reading test.

NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Word Meanings - Chapter Summary

This chapter will help you understand the meanings of words in their contexts. These resources are intended to help you prepare for questions on the NES Reading exam. After completing the lessons in this chapter, you should be proficient in:

  • Using context to identify word meaning
  • Understanding words with multiple meanings by their relationships
  • Determining word meaning using structural analysis
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Finding word meaning using affixes and roots
  • Connotation and denotation

The topics in this study guide are broken down into short lessons that address each concept individually. Use the personal dashboard to track your progress through the lessons. Self-assessment quizzes are provided to help you gauge the areas you're proficient in and what you still need to work on.

NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: Word Meanings Objectives

Many states now use the NES Reading exam as part of the licensure requirement for becoming a public school teacher. The exam takes one hour to complete, and has 45 multiple-choice questions.

The lessons and quizzes in this chapter will prepare you for questions that assess your comprehension of words and phrases. You'll be asked to use context to determine the meaning of uncommon words and phrases as well as those with multiple meanings. In addition, you'll be tested on the meaning of figurative language and asked to determine appropriate synonyms and antonyms for specified words.

6 Lessons in Chapter 1: NES Essential Academic Skills Reading: 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.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

2. 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.

What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

3. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.

Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

4. Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

Discover the importance of using structural analysis to understand unfamiliar words. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to divide unknown words into known pieces to comprehend their overall meanings.

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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

6. 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.

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