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Ch 3: Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Skills

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Let us help you review strategies for teaching reading comprehension and vocabulary skills. The lessons in this chapter will help you review ways to teach vocabulary, find word meanings and infer intended meaning of reading passages.

Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Skills - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll work through brief text and video lessons and take practice quizzes to brush up on reading comprehension and vocabulary instruction. Learn how to help your students understand word meaning through roots, affixes and word relationships. Improve your ability to foster student reading comprehension and teach students new words. After completing this chapter, you will be proficient in the following:

  • Factors that can assist and detract from reading comprehension
  • Literal language
  • Inferring meaning
  • Evaluating reasoning
  • Facilitating reading development and comprehension at different levels
  • Teaching vocabulary words
  • Connotation and denotation
  • Synonyms and antonyms

This chapter is broken down into a series of brief lessons. Each lesson can be completed in less than ten minutes and is accompanied by a short self-assessment quiz. Track your progress through the chapter with the personal dashboard feature, which lets you know what you've mastered and what you still need to work on.

13 Lessons in Chapter 3: Reading Comprehension & Vocabulary Skills
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What Factors Help & Hinder Reading Comprehension?

1. What Factors Help & Hinder Reading Comprehension?

Being able to understand what we read is center to a solid reading program. What kinds of things help or hinder us from comprehending? This lesson will explain these factors and help you understand how they impact reading development.

Literal Language: Definition & Examples

2. 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.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

3. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

How to Evaluate Reasoning

4. How to Evaluate Reasoning

Evaluating reasoning in an essay or article is an important step in critical analysis. Being able to judge if something is reasonable whether or not you agree with the argument will be our learning focus for this video.

Promoting Reading Development at All Levels

5. Promoting Reading Development at All Levels

Successful teachers provide support for students of all skill and ability levels. This lesson will provide strategies for promoting reading comprehension skills for all students and show how these strategies work in a classroom.

How to Teach Reading Comprehension

6. How to Teach Reading Comprehension

Teaching reading comprehension requires instilling in the learner the use of several strategies and skills. This lesson will focus on cognitive skills and notation strategies that will enhance reading comprehension.

How to Teach New Vocabulary

7. How to Teach New Vocabulary

This lesson describes how to introduce a new vocabulary word and several sample activities for reinforcing the meanings of the terms. A short quiz follows the lesson.

How to Teach Vocabulary Words

8. How to Teach Vocabulary Words

Without a rich vocabulary, students have little foundation to understand what they are reading. This lesson will highlight vocabulary strategies that can be used to develop student vocabulary skills in elementary, middle and high school.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

9. 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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

10. 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 is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

11. What is a Synonym? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will look at the definition of a synonym and review why they are important in writing and building vocabulary. We will also look at some examples and note where you could apply them in your own writing.

What are Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

12. What are Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we will take a look at antonyms. Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings to other words in a sentence. Using antonyms can help us improve our writing and vocabulary skills.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

13. Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

In this lesson, we will learn how to understand the meaning of words by breaking them down into the parts that form them. This requires knowledge of the Greek and Latin roots, and affixes, which are parts we add to roots to make new words.

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