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Teaching Vocabulary & Word Choice - Chapter Summary
The process of teaching students vocabulary and word choice can be complex. Learn more about the ins and outs of this process by reviewing entertaining lessons in this chapter. Explore various strategies and instructional approaches for helping students understand new words and improve their reading comprehension. After completing the lessons, you will be prepared for the following:
- Defining the etymology of words, connotation and denotation
- Demonstrating how to teach new vocabulary words while making it fun for students
- Sharing tips for teaching vocabulary to ELL students, and recognizing and using oxymorons
- Identifying instructional approaches for developing and using content-area vocabulary
- Describing how to use context clues, prior knowledge and word structure to construct meaning
- Showing how to teach decoding reading strategies and interpret figures of speech in context
- Explaining how word choice impacts meaning and tone, and discussing ways to understand words by their relationships
- Detailing how to improve understanding by using synonyms, antonyms and analogies
Feel free to review the lessons in any sequence that suits your personal learning and study needs. Access them as often as you'd like until you're confident you fully understand how to teach vocabulary and word choice. Boost that confidence by testing your knowledge with short lesson quizzes and a chapter exam. If you need additional details about chapter topics, be sure to submit your questions to our experts.
1. The Etymology of Words
Words are at the center of almost all forms of communication in our society. Watch this video lesson to learn about word etymology and how it affects our world.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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!
5. 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.
6. Instructional Approaches to Content Area Vocabulary
In this lesson, we'll learn about some ways to incorporate vocabulary instruction into content-area classes to help support student learning in a variety of academic disciplines.
7. 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.
8. Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies
Learning how to decode properly is a key aspect of learning to read. This lesson introduces you to some of the fundamentals of teaching children how to decode when reading.
9. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone
In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.
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.
11. 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.
12. Using Synonyms, Antonyms & Analogies to Improve Understanding
In this lesson, you'll explore your three best friends when it comes to understanding difficult words: antonyms, synonyms, and analogies. Then, test your knowledge of these three buddies with a quiz.
13. 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.
14. How to Recognize and Use Oxymorons
In this lesson, we will define the figure of speech called an oxymoron and look at several examples. We will then discuss how to recognize oxymorons and use them correctly in writing.
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