Stage 2 reading - Vocabulary in context

Learning intention

Students will learn to identify and build meaning around parts of a word, including suffix, prefix and roots. Students learn to use contextual clues to determine best word choice, using a range of tools to further develop and widen vocabulary use and understanding.

Syllabus outcome

  • EN2-9B uses effective and accurate sentence structure, grammatical features, punctuation conventions and vocabulary relevant to the type of text when responding to and composing texts

National Literacy Learning Progression

Understanding texts

  • UnT6: uses morphological knowledge to explain words (help (base) + less (suffix) = helpless) (process); discusses the vocabulary and visual features of texts (process); uses context and grammar knowledge to understand unfamiliar words (the word vast in the phrase vast desert) (process)
  • UnT7: explains how unfamiliar words can be understood using grammatical knowledge, morphological knowledge and etymological knowledge (vocabulary); recognises how synonyms are used to enhance a text (transport, carry, transfer) (vocabulary); draws on knowledge of word origin to work out meaning of discipline-specific terms (universe) (vocabulary)
  • UnT8: use knowledge of prefixes and suffixes to read and interpret unfamiliar words (vocabulary); identifies how technical and discipline-specific words develop meaning in texts (vocabulary); recognises how the use of antonyms, synonyms and common idiomatic language enhance meaning in a text (vocabulary); understand precise meaning of words with similar connotations (generous, kind-hearted, charitable) (vocabulary)

NAPLAN item descriptors

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Task outline

Full task descriptions are included in the resource, available for download on this page.

Task 1: Morphology

Students look at the definitions of key morphology terms and add different prefixes and suffixes to a base word to change the meaning (three activities).

Task 2: Synonyms and antonyms

Students review synonyms and antonyms (five activities).

Task 3: Connotation and word clines

Using image and word prompts, students create their own word clines (two activities).

Task 4: Predicting words

Students use contextual and semantic clues to predict words (three activities).

Task 5: Word choice

Students find alternative choices for words in a text (four activities).

Task 6: Cloze

Students choose between words and use their own vocabulary in cloze passages (three activities).

Task 7: Vocabulary in context

Students investigate vocabulary in a text (two activities).

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