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Ch 4: Vocabulary Acquisition & Use: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.8.4

About This Chapter

With our help, you can adhere to the requirements for the Common Core and gain assistance on instructing an eighth grade class in vocabulary acquisition and use. You can also read about possible lesson options, so your students fully understand the standard.

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.

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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.

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