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Ch 10: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Identifying the Meaning of Words

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Language arts students in grades 6-8 can benefit from this handy set of lessons while they review for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy). Lessons cover strategies for understanding the meanings of words, and polishing each one off with a short quiz will let you know when they're ready to move forward.

SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Identifying the Meaning of Words - Chapter Summary

In efforts to guide your review for the SBA ELA (Smarter Balanced Assessment English Language Arts/Literacy), we offer the following lessons that range from looking closely and picking words apart to taking a step back and looking at the other words that surround them. The following topics are all included:

  • Using context clues to determine meaning
  • Focusing on morphemes
  • Examining roots and affixes
  • Checking with vocabulary reference materials
  • Determining meaning through word relationships

Our video lessons are written by subject-matter experts and contain engaging animations, full transcripts and video tags to locate specific portions. If you have your students take the quick lesson quizzes and chapter test, you'll know if they've mastered this chapter's concepts.

6 Lessons in Chapter 10: SBA ELA - Grades 6-8: Identifying the Meaning of Words
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.

Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure

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.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

3. 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.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

4. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

5. 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.

Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

6. Morphemes: Examples, Definition & Types

The smallest recognized unit of grammar and syntax, morphemes function as the foundation of language. Explore this foundation through a full definition, discussion of types, and examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

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