Ch 8: Teaching & Building Vocabulary

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Study the basics of teaching and building vocabulary with help from the learning and study resources in this short chapter. Enjoy access to engaging lessons, short quizzes and a practice exam that can improve your knowledge of this subject and help you prepare for a future test.

Teaching & Building Vocabulary - Chapter Summary

This chapter makes it simple to understand how to teach and build vocabulary. Our instructors have created entertaining lessons you can access any time to review prefixes, suffixes, words that sound alike, strategies for acquiring and using new vocabulary and much more. Reviewing the lessons will ensure you know how to do the following:

  • Build vocabulary using reading materials
  • Determine the meaning of words by using context
  • Find the meaning of words using affixes and roots
  • Differentiate between synonyms and antonyms
  • Teach vocabulary and select words for vocabulary instruction
  • Determine how word forms and grammatical functions affect meaning
  • Monitor and assess a reader's vocabulary knowledge

Tailor your review of the lessons to your personal schedule and study needs. Access one, several or all lessons, navigate them in any order, and revisit them as often as you'd like. When ready, test your knowledge of the lessons by taking their multiple-choice quizzes. To get a comprehensive review of this chapter, be sure to take the broader practice exam.

12 Lessons in Chapter 8: Teaching & Building Vocabulary
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Using Reading Materials to Build Vocabulary

1. Using Reading Materials to Build Vocabulary

Building vocabulary is an important and ongoing effort. In this lesson, you will learn some strategies for using reading materials to build working vocabulary.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

2. 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.

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.

What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

4. What Are Suffixes? - Examples & Definition

A suffix is an important part of language found at the end of many words. Suffixes can be the key to figuring out the meaning of a complex word. Let's take a look at suffixes and how they can work to determine a word's meaning or even part of speech.

Prefixes: Definition & Examples

5. Prefixes: Definition & Examples

Learn how the meanings of simple words can be changed with the addition of a prefix. Using this knowledge, you will gain the skill of quickly unlocking the meanings of more complex words.

Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

6. Spelling: Words That Sound Alike (Homonyms & Homophones)

Watch this lesson to learn to differentiate between words that sound alike but may be spelled differently. We'll specifically look at homonyms, homographs, and homophones.

What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

7. What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

We use synonyms and antonyms in language usually without even noticing. Watch this video lesson to see examples and learn how to use each effectively for communication.

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 highlights vocabulary strategies that can be used to develop student vocabulary skills in elementary, middle and high school.

Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary

9. 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.

Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

10. Selecting Words for Vocabulary Instruction

When students understand and are fluent with vocabulary they have a better understanding of what they read. How can teachers focus their instruction? This lesson will show how to create vocabulary lists to enhance subject knowledge.

How Grammar & Word Form Impact Meaning

11. How Grammar & Word Form Impact Meaning

In this lesson we explore the different word forms present in an English language sentence, and how they impact the meaning of other words in the sentence to create a complete thought.

Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment

12. Effective Techniques for Vocabulary Assessment

In this lesson, we will examine various types of vocabulary assessments and discuss how teachers select words to be taught and assessed based on intended outcomes.

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