About This Chapter
Standard: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade eight reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
About This Chapter
Students will learn how to use context to deduce the meaning of certain words. They'll also explore how to use affixes and roots to figure out what words mean. The lessons help show them how they can add to their vocabulary by consulting reference materials, like dictionaries.
Lessons in this standard cover a variety of topics, including:
- Using context to determine word meaning
- Looking at affixes and roots to deduce a word's meaning
- Consulting reference materials for vocabulary assistance
- Employing strategies to broaden vocabulary
Students can show their mastery of the material in this standard by building on their vocabulary and understanding new words using methods such as context, affixes and roots. They will also be able to use a variety of reference materials to look up words they may not comprehend. Understanding the topics in this standard can provide college and career preparation since a broad vocabulary is a necessary scholastic trait.
How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom
The following are some tips on using these lessons to assist your instruction of the CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4 standard:
Word Context Lessons
Watch the lesson on word context with your students or have them view it at home. Then, provide them with a series of more difficult vocabulary words, with clues that provide a context for them to understand the meaning.
Using Reference Materials Lessons
Have students watch the lesson on reference materials, then provide them with dictionaries and thesauruses in hard copy or online formats. Provide them with a list of words, and have them find similes and antonyms for them.
Vocabulary Strategies Lessons
Broaden students' vocabularies by showing them this lesson on acquiring new vocabulary. Go over the approaches, introduce some new words and then quiz them on their understanding of their definitions.
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.
2. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
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