Ch 4: Words, Phrases & Language

About This Chapter

Bring back your memories about words, phrases, and language with the information in this chapter. Use the lessons to go over details about word choice, syntax, grammar, and more, then answer the quizzes to check your progress.

Words, Phrases & Language - Chapter Summary

This chapter has been designed to refresh your memory concerning how to teach about words, phrases, and language usage. These lessons examine all the major concepts you need to remember, such as determining the meaning of words through context, or how punctuation is used in dramatic dialogue. Some of the other topics reviewed in this chapter are as follows:

  • Examples of syntax in writing
  • Finding meaning through using roots and affixes
  • The definition of figurative language
  • Strategies for interpreting figurative language
  • Changes to meaning and tone through word choice
  • Domain-specific, conversational, and academic language
  • Using the tiered vocabulary methodology
  • Setting a tone with language and word choice
  • Examples and applications of inverted word order

If you are studying this material to get ready for an upcoming exam, then you will need some realistic practice, and our self-assessment quizzes are the way to go. Each one of our subject-specific lessons has an attached quiz. The quizzes will ask you several questions about the lesson, and these questions may cover such aspects as terminology, definitions, concepts, important individuals, significant dates, or graphic recognition. You can retake our quizzes as much as you like, and the dashboard keeps track of your scores.

While the quizzes are an easy way to assess how much you've learned from each lesson, you can also take the quizzes before you even review the lesson. After all, you are most likely going through this chapter as a recap, so this is information you have studied before at some point. Therefore, taking the quizzes first gives you a baseline of how much you truly remember. You can use that baseline to identify which lessons you really need to review.

11 Lessons in Chapter 4: Words, Phrases & Language
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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.

Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

2. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.

Using Affixes and Roots to Find the Meaning of Words

3. 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.

Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

4. Figurative Language: Definition & Examples

This lesson introduces you to a variety of ways that figurative language can impact the way you express yourself. You'll learn terms for several approaches and examples of each.

Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

5. Interpreting Figurative Language in Fiction

In this lesson, we will discuss how to interpret figurative language in fiction. We will explore several types of figurative language and learn how to identify them.

Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone

6. 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.

Academic, Conversational & Domain-Specific Language

7. Academic, Conversational & Domain-Specific Language

Tiered vocabulary development is an essential part of meeting academic standards. In this lesson, we will define and discuss the three tiers of vocabulary: academic, conversational, and domain-specific language.

Tiered Vocabulary Instruction

8. Tiered Vocabulary Instruction

Informational text and higher-level literature is being utilized more and more in our classrooms, along with a deeper need for vocabulary development across the disciplines. This lesson will define Tiered Vocabulary Instruction, differentiate between the three tiers and provide examples of each.

How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

9. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay

In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.

Inverted Word Order: Definition & Examples

10. Inverted Word Order: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, the importance of word order in language you will learn. Does the previous sentence sound like something Yoda would say? It's an example of inverted word order. Learn about the purpose of inverted word and see some examples. Then, test your knowledge with a quiz.

The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

11. The Use of Punctuation in Dramatic Dialogue

Playwrights use punctuation to tell their actors how to deliver their lines. In this lesson, you'll learn about three types of punctuation and the effects they have when used in dramatic dialogue.

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