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Ch 16: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Context & Meaning

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Review strategies for using context to find word meanings with the lessons and quizzes in this chapter. Use these study tools to prepare for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Context & Meaning - Chapter Summary

Even if you don't already know the meaning of a word, context clues can often help you to figure it out. This chapter includes lessons designed to help you decipher word meanings through context, structure and relationships. Use these chapter resources to prepare for questions on the NES Writing exam. In this chapter, you'll cover the following topics:

  • Using relationships and context to decipher the meaning of words
  • Definition of context
  • Finding context clues
  • Using context clues, prior meaning and word structure to construct meaning

In this chapter, you'll find a combination of video and text lessons that clearly illustrate strategies for using context to understand the meaning of words and phrases. Test yourself with self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam. If you have any questions, our instructors are here to help.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Context & Meaning Objectives

The NES writing exam is a requirement for teacher certification in some states. The test is delivered on a computer, and consists of 36 multiple-choice questions (75% of the test score) and one written-response assignment (25%). You'll have one hour and 15 minutes to complete the test questions.

Use the tools in this chapter to increase your ability to understand unfamiliar or ambiguous words and phrases in the exam questions. Some of these questions ask you to edit or respond to a sample phrase or passage, and being able to clearly understand the words used will give you a leg up in answering these types of questions.

5 Lessons in Chapter 16: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Context & Meaning
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Understanding Words By Their Relationships

1. 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 is Context? - Definition & Application

2. What is Context? - Definition & Application

In writing, context is the information surrounding the information. Without context, information can be misinterpreted; with context, information can be understood.

Context Clue: Definition & Examples

3. Context Clue: Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of context clues found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about context clues in this lesson.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

4. 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

5. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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