Ch 1: STAAR English II: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use

About This Chapter

The interactive lessons in this test prep chapter are designed to help you develop strategies for acquiring vocabulary and deciphering word meanings. The skills practiced in these lessons will help you prepare for related questions on the STAAR English II exam.

STAAR English II: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use - Chapter Summary

As you review the concepts featured in this chapter, you will gain a better understanding of the processes by which we acquire vocabulary and develop effective strategies for decoding words you may not know. These skills are especially necessary when reading and writing and will be tested on the STAAR English II exam. These informative and easy-to-understand lessons cover key vocabulary concepts such as:

  • Word patterns such as prefixes, suffixes and root words
  • Decoding words using affixes and roots
  • Using context and word relationships to identify word meaning
  • Origins of foreign words and phrases typically used in English
  • Utilizing reference materials and other strategies to define and acquire new words

Follow along with each lesson at your own pace, and assess your comprehension at the end of each section by taking the quizzes. Once you have completed all lessons, the chapter exam will help you gauge if there are any areas you need to re-examine. Full video transcripts with highlighted keywords and quiz worksheets can be printed and used as hard-copy study material. The comprehensive study package provided in this test prep chapter will ensure you have the tools needed to prepare for vocabulary-related questions on the STAAR English II exam.

7 Lessons in Chapter 1: STAAR English II: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

1. Spelling & Word Patterns: Prefixes, Suffixes & Root Words

How do we form words in our language? What gives them definitions? Watch this video lesson to discover how word parts like prefixes, suffixes and root words make up words and affect their meanings.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

2. 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.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

3. 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.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

4. 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.

Common Foreign Words Used in the English Language

5. Common Foreign Words Used in the English Language

Many foreign words and phrases are commonly used in the English language. In fact, you may not recognize many of them as foreign. In this lesson, we will focus on a short list of these words and phrases.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

6. 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.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

7. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.

Chapter Practice Exam
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