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Ch 5: Praxis I Reading: Word Choice and Language

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Use our video lessons to learn how a text's context clues can help you identify word meaning and build your vocabulary. The corresponding self-assessment quizzes can also prepare you for the types of questions you'll encounter on the Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam.

Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Word Choice and Language - Chapter Summary

This chapter's lessons can help you tackle Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam questions designed to test your knowledge of how word choice and language convey a text's meaning. Some of the tactics covered in the video include:

  • Constructing meaning with context clues, prior knowledge and word structure
  • Understanding connotation and denotation
  • Identifying different interpretations of words
  • Determining how context effects the meaning of words, sentences and paragraphs
  • Using word choice to shape meaning and tone
  • Recognizing attitude expressed by the author toward a subject
  • Using syntax and structural analysis to determine the meanings of words

Practicing these instructors' strategies for understanding word meaning can help you identify any areas for improvement and develop a testing strategy. The quizzes associated with each lesson can prepare you to tackle questions on the exam designed to test your language skills.

Objectives of the Praxis I Core Academic Reading: Word Choice and Language Chapter

The Praxis I Core Academic Reading exam is used by some postsecondary institutions as part of the admissions process for teacher education programs. It's also used by some state education boards to help determine whether or not you're qualified for a teaching license.

This chapter's discussion of word choice and language can help you prepare for the exam's Craft, Structure, and Language Skills section, which comprises around one-third of the 56 multiple-choice questions contained on this standardized test. Questions specific to the skills learned in these lessons assess your vocabulary and examine your ability to gauge how figurative language and tone influence a word's meaning. For example, after reading a passage of up to 200 words in length, you might be asked to select a word from a list of options that conveys the same connotation and denotation as one appearing in the text.

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