Ch 5: Teaching Word Meanings & Vocabulary

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It's easy to get ready for an upcoming exam with help from this chapter on teaching vocabulary and word meanings. These user-friendly video and text lessons have been written by professional instructors and outline topics including context clues, similes, word patterns and much more.

Teaching Word Meanings & Vocabulary - Chapter Summary

In this chapter, you'll review ways to teach vocabulary and word meanings. The bite-sized lessons cover topics that include using context clues and prior knowledge to construct meaning and how words can be understood by their relationships. You'll also look at the use of reference materials for vocabulary and how vocabulary and reading comprehension are related. This chapter is designed to help you:

  • Differentiate between connotation and denotation
  • Give examples of synonyms and antonyms
  • Explain what similes and metaphors are
  • Understand the impact of word choice on tone and meaning
  • Use teaching strategies for reading comprehension and vocabulary words
  • Identify changes in word patterns
  • Recognize wrong word use
  • Teach words that have multiple meanings and words that are commonly confused

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14 Lessons in Chapter 5: Teaching Word Meanings & Vocabulary
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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.

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

3. 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.

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.

What Are Synonyms & Antonyms? - Definition & Examples

5. 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.

What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

6. What is a Metaphor? - Examples, Definition & Types

Metaphors are all around you. They're the bright sparkling lights that turn plain evergreens into Christmas trees. Learn how to spot them, why writers write with them, and how to use them yourself right here.

Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

7. Similes in Literature: Definition and Examples

Explore the simile and how, through comparison, it is used as a shorthand to say many things at once. Learn the difference between similes and metaphors, along with many examples of both.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

8. 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.

Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary

9. 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.

The Connection Between Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension

10. The Connection Between Vocabulary & Reading Comprehension

Watch this video lesson to see how a student's vocabulary impacts his or her level of reading comprehension. Learn what kinds of activities you can use to help increase your student's reading comprehension through vocabulary acquisition.

Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

11. Vocabulary Words & Reading Comprehension: Teaching Strategies

Learning how to decipher unfamiliar words is imperative in any language arts classroom. Watch this video lesson to learn strategies for teaching vocabulary in reading passages.

How to Identify Wrong Word Use

12. How to Identify Wrong Word Use

Words are constantly being used incorrectly. Not sure if a word you used in your writing is correct? Watch this video lesson to learn three ways to identify errors in word use.

Teaching Multiple Meaning Words

13. Teaching Multiple Meaning Words

This lesson is a guide to teaching multiple meaning words using context clues and by defining verbs vs nouns. It covers the three different types of learners: visual, auditory, and tactile.

Commonly Confused Words in English

14. Commonly Confused Words in English

Is it 'accept' or 'except?' 'Affect' or 'effect?' How do you know when to use 'there,' 'their,' or 'they're?' Watch this video lesson to learn about some confusing words in English and how to properly use each one.

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