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Ch 1: Understanding Meaning of Words & Phrases

About This Chapter

You will have the chance to improve your ability to understand the meaning of words and phrases by reviewing this chapter we have put together. It was made so that you can enhance your literacy skills for test prep or to improve your grades.

Understanding Meaning of Words & Phrases- Chapter Summary

Discover how much you know about the meaning of words and phrases by working through the lessons in this chapter. Not only does the chapter aim to help you improve your writing and communication abilities, but it will allow you to review these topics:

  • How context helps you identify the meaning of a word
  • Strategies for using knowledge, context and word structure
  • Relationships between words
  • The contrasts between connotation and denotation
  • Methods for using synonyms, antonyms and analogies

Short video lessons last about ten minutes, and there are lesson transcripts available for use, as well. These transcripts are filled with major vocabulary words and phrases that are in bold print. This is done to emphasize the important areas of the lessons that you should be familiar with. When you are done, you can take the lesson quizzes to test yourself on your comprehension of the topics in this chapter.

5 Lessons in Chapter 1: Understanding Meaning of Words & Phrases
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

3. 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 Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

4. 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.

Using Synonyms, Antonyms & Analogies to Improve Understanding

5. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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