Ch 3: Vocabulary in Context

About This Chapter

Learn how to determine the meaning of vocabulary in context and how vocabulary can affect the meaning of a passage. The video lessons in this chapter can strengthen your understanding and help prepare you for a future test.

Vocabulary in Context - Chapter Summary

Being able to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words as well as understand how the meaning of a word changes based on context is an important reading-comprehension skill. This chapter helps you hone this skill with a set of video lessons that offer strategies for understanding the meaning of words in context and also using the meaning of words to understand the argument in a text. Lessons in this chapter cover concepts such as:

  • Using context to find the meaning of unfamiliar words
  • Using prior knowledge to determine meaning
  • Using structural analysis (such as the meaning of roots, prefixes, and suffixes) to determine meaning
  • Understanding how connotation and denotation affect meaning
  • How words can have multiple meanings or interpretations

Explore the lessons in this chapter anytime that aligns with your study schedule. Take the quiz accompanying each lesson to test your knowledge of the concepts it covers. If you need to clarify information presented in the lessons, be sure to send your questions to our subject-matter experts.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: Vocabulary in Context
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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.

Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. 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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

3. 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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

4. 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.

Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

5. Evaluating Rhetorical Devices in Writing

In this lesson, we will study a variety of rhetorical devices that commonly appear in written texts. We will look at rhetoric on the level of sounds, words, sentences, and figures of speech.

Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

6. Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words

Syntax can be a helpful tool in determining the meaning of unknown words. This lesson will explain what syntax is and how it can be used to break the code of unknown vocabulary.

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