About This Chapter
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.
1. 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.
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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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Other chapters within the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators - Reading (5712, 5713): Study Guide & Practice course
- About the Praxis Reading Core Academic Test
- Praxis I Reading: Comprehension
- Praxis I Reading: Themes and Main Ideas
- Praxis I Reading: Evaluating Arguments and Reasoning
- Praxis I Reading: Figurative Language and Nuance
- Praxis I Reading: Structure and Organization
- Praxis I Reading: Point of View
- Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading Flashcards