Ch 1: PECT PAPA: Meaning of Words & Phrases in Text

About This Chapter

Discover more about word meanings and phrases in text so that you can perform well on the PECT PAPA examination for teacher certification. Allow this chapter's tutorial video lessons and quizzes to help you brush up on these subjects.

PECT PAPA: Meaning of Words and Phrases in Text - Chapter Summary

This chapter on the meanings of words and phrases in text is designed to improve your writing skills and prepare you for your certification exam. The online video lessons emphasize the importance of interpreting word meanings through prior knowledge and context. You could also refresh your memory about the use of figurative language and syntax in writing. If you plan to take the PECT PAPA examination soon, study this chapter first in order to:

  • Review the use of prior knowledge and word structure
  • Understand the use of context to learn the meanings of words
  • Define and discuss the significance of syntax
  • Read more about literal language and the interpretation of figurative language
  • Note the differences between connotation and denotation
  • Define and contrast antonyms and synonyms

Several online video lessons are presented in this chapter. Study them as often as you like, 24/7, until you feel that you have mastered the topics. Animated, brief and informational, the video lessons include text transcripts and quizzes that can enrich your learning experience. You may ask questions of the expert instructors, use the navigational video tags to further study various points, or print out your quiz results for offline review.

PECT PAPA - Meaning of Words and Phrases in Text Chapter Objectives

The PECT PAPA examination is comprised of three modules: Reading, Mathematics and Writing. The writing module will assess your ability to recognize clear, concise, effective writing. Use what you reviewed in this chapter when answering its questions. The overall examination is computer based, and the Writing module includes 36 selected-response questions, two sentence-correction assignments and one constructed-response assignment. You will have about 75 minutes for completion of the Writing assessment.

8 Lessons in Chapter 1: PECT PAPA: Meaning of Words & Phrases in Text
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is a Phrase?

1. What is a Phrase?

In this lesson, we will define a phrase. We will then discuss the different kinds of phrases, look at examples of each, and then discuss how to use them correctly in writing.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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.

Literal Language: Definition & Examples

5. Literal Language: Definition & Examples

Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

6. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

7. 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.

What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

8. 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.

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