Ch 1: PLACE English: Determining the Meaning of Words

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Watch video lessons that will help you with strategies for determining the meaning of words. These lessons will help you prepare for reading questions on the PLACE English test.

PLACE English: Determining the Meaning of Words - Chapter Summary

This chapter is made up of comprehensive video lessons and self-assessment quizzes designed to help you study for the PLACE English exam. Chapter topics include:

  • How prior knowledge and experience can influence the meaning constructed from a text
  • Use of context to determine what words mean
  • How world choice affects tone
  • Phonemes and phonemic awareness
  • Implicit and explicit phonics approaches to reading instruction
  • Graphic, syntactic and semantic cueing systems
  • How to understand word meanings by their relationships

Each lesson comes with a full written transcript that you can use to follow along or review. The lessons can be watched as many times as you'd like until you've fully grasped the concepts. Be sure to take the chapter exam after you've worked through all the lessons to test your readiness for the PLACE English exam.

PLACE English: Determining the Meaning of Words Objectives

This chapter on determining the meaning of words will help you prepare for questions on the reading section of the PLACE English exam. This section will test your understanding of strategies for uncovering meaning in a reading passage. You will need to be able to identify the factors that can influence the meaning a reader takes from a text and use context to define word meanings.

Passing the PLACE English exam is a requirement to teach English in Colorado. The exam measures your skills in reading, literature, and written, oral and visual communications. You will have four and a half hours to complete the exam, which consists of about 100 multiple-choice questions.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: PLACE English: Determining the Meaning of Words
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Influences on Constructing Meaning

1. Influences on Constructing Meaning

Learning to read requires much more than phonemic awareness. Students must also be able to construct meaning. This lesson takes a look at this process by examining the influences of prior knowledge, sociocultural differences, and linguistic understanding.

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.

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.

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.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

5. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.

Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

6. Phoneme: Definition, Segmentation & Examples

Phonemes are tiny units of sound in speech. When phonemes are combined, they can make up words. In this lesson, we will discuss what phonemes are, how to segment them in words and why they are important.

Explicit & Implicit Phonics Approaches to Literacy

7. Explicit & Implicit Phonics Approaches to Literacy

Phonics are a fundamental part of learning to read well. But how should they be taught? In this lesson, we'll examine both explicit and implicit approaches to phonics instruction, including the pros and cons of each and example activities.

Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

8. Phonemic & Phonological Awareness: Definitions & Activities

Phonics, phonemic awareness, and phonological awareness may all sound really similar, but they are all different yet important skills required for successful reading. Watch this lesson to find out about each one and how to develop them.

Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

9. Teaching Phonics in the Classroom

In this lesson, you will work toward being able to explain phonics as a teaching method, understanding the connection between phonics and phonological awareness, and understanding some activities and strategies to help with teaching phonics.

Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

10. Cueing Systems: Graphic, Syntactic & Semantic

What happens when you're reading, and you come across an unfamiliar word? In this lesson, we'll explore the three major cueing systems for reading: graphic, syntactic, and semantic. We'll also discuss activities to teach each system.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

11. 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.

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