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Ch 14: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Word Meaning

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Watch video lessons and take practice quizzes on word meaning to get ready for the National Evaluation Series (NES) Essential Academic Skills Writing exam.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Word Meaning - Chapter Summary

This Word Meaning chapter will help you review related subjects for the NES Writing exam. By the end of the chapter, you will have covered the following topics:

  • Spelling homophones and homonyms
  • Commonly confused English words
  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Connotation and denotation
  • Analogy
  • Prefixes and suffixes

This chapter breaks essential concepts down into short lessons that clearly and concisely explain topics. Study anyplace you'd like - our lessons can be accessed on any portable device. Test your knowledge at the end of each lesson with a self-assessment quiz.

NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Word Meaning Objectives

Passing the NES writing exam a requirement for teaching licensure in some states. You'll answer 36 multiple-choice questions (75% of the test score) and one constructed-response assignment (25%). The test is taken on a computer and lasts one hour and 15 minutes.

This chapter will help you to correctly use and spell words that sound alike, and identify commonly confused words as you complete the written-response portion of the exam. Chapter lessons will also assist you in answering questions that test your understanding of sentence formation and Standard English usage and mechanics.

8 Lessons in Chapter 14: NES Essential Academic Skills Writing: Word Meaning
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

1. 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.

Commonly Confused Words in English

2. 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.

What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

3. What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at the definition of a synonym and review why they are important in writing and building vocabulary. We will also look at some examples and note where you could apply them in your own writing.

What are Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

4. What are Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will take a look at antonyms. Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings to other words in a sentence. Using antonyms can help us improve our writing and vocabulary skills.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

5. 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.

Analogy in Literature: Definition & Examples

6. Analogy in Literature: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn the definition of an analogy, how to use this common literary device in writing and how to interpret its meaning when reading text.

Prefixes: Definition & Examples

7. Prefixes: Definition & Examples

Learn how the meanings of simple words can be changed with the addition of a prefix. Using this knowledge, you will gain the skill of quickly unlocking the meanings of more complex words.

What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

8. What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

A suffix is an important part of language found at the end of many words. Suffixes can be the key to figuring out the meaning of a complex word. Let's take a look at suffixes and how they can work to determine a word's meaning or even part of speech.

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