Ch 6: Teaching Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension

About This Chapter

Watch these video lessons and read the texts to review techniques for teaching vocabulary and reading comprehension. Let our instructors give you real-world instruction for teaching these important components of literacy education.

Teaching Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension - Chapter Summary

Use our video and text lessons to refresh your knowledge of teaching vocabulary words, including high frequency words. Instructors also discuss helping young students learn English word structure and develop basic reading skills. Specific topics addressed in this chapter include:

  • Explaining the structure of English-language words including consonants, vowels and syllables
  • Helping students become familiar with high-frequency words
  • Teaching vocabulary words
  • Teaching vocabulary to ELL students
  • Using context to determine word meanings
  • Interpreting figures of speech in context

Our instructors, all experienced educators, offer engaging and informative lessons to help you brush up on teaching vocabulary and reading comprehension. The lessons are short and can be watched 24/7 on your computer or mobile devices. If you need to review only portions of a lesson, use the tags to jump to specific points in the video. Read lesson transcripts as another easy way to go over the concepts discussed by our instructors.

12 Lessons in Chapter 6: Teaching Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Understanding Consonants, Vowels & Syllables: Types, Structure & Activities

1. Understanding Consonants, Vowels & Syllables: Types, Structure & Activities

After watching this video lesson, you will learn how vowels and consonants come together to form syllables. You will also learn how you can teach this part of our language to your students.

Familiarizing Students with High Frequency Words

2. Familiarizing Students with High Frequency Words

Watch this video lesson to learn what you as an educator can do to help students learn to read with confidence. Learn why learning the high frequency words is beneficial, if not crucial, to becoming a competent reader.

How to Teach Vocabulary Words

3. 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.

How to Teach New Vocabulary

4. 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.

Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary Words

5. Fun Ways to Teach Vocabulary Words

Teaching vocabulary words to students doesn't have to be boring and repetitive. In this lesson, you will learn methods to energize your classroom during vocabulary instruction. Afterwards, test your new knowledge with our quiz!

Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

6. Teaching Vocabulary to ELL Students

Using a translator or carrying a translating device is not realistic when learning English as a second language. In this lesson, you'll learn how to strategically teach vocabulary to English language learners.

Teaching Vocabulary in Context

7. Teaching Vocabulary in Context

Learning vocabulary in context helps people make connections for better comprehension. We'll look at a variety of learning strategies that can help students understand and incorporate new words effectively. After the lesson, test your new knowledge with our quiz questions!

What is Context? - Definition & Application

8. What is Context? - Definition & Application

In writing, context is the information surrounding the information. Without context, information can be misinterpreted; with context, information can be understood.

How to Use Context to Determine the Meaning of Words

9. 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

10. 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.

Context Clue: Definition & Examples

11. Context Clue: Definition & Examples

This lesson will assist you in understanding all components of context clues found in literature and how they can be applied to your writing. Learn more about context clues in this lesson.

Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

12. Interpreting Figures of Speech in Context

Figures of speech can add humor or drama to any situation, but you have to understand what they mean in order to connect the dots. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to interpret figures of speech, such as verbal irony, puns, idioms, and hyperbole.

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