Stage 4 reading - Vocabulary in context
Students explore and use precise vocabulary in a wide range of contexts. Students examine vocabulary elements such as morphology, and how nuance and connotation can impact meaning.
- EN4-2A: effectively uses a widening range of processes, skills, strategies and knowledge for responding to and composing texts in different media and technologies
- EN4-3B: uses and describes language forms, features and structures of texts appropriate to a range of purposes, audiences and contexts
National Literacy Learning Progression
UnT9: applies knowledge of root words and word origins to understand the meaning of unfamiliar, discipline specific words (vocabulary); uses a range of context and grammatical cues to understand unfamiliar words (vocabulary)
- UnT10: demonstrates an understanding of nuances and subtleties in words of similar meaning (e.g. frustrated, discouraged, baffled) (vocabulary); verifies interpretations of unfamiliar words using grammatical and contextual cues (vocabulary)
- UnT11: interprets complex, formal and impersonal language in academic texts (vocabulary); demonstrates self-reliance in exploration and application of word learning strategies (vocabulary)
NAPLAN item descriptors
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The SEEC process (Select, Explain, Explore, Consolidate) can be used to explicitly teach vocabulary.
Students identify and use affixes with base words.
Synonyms and antonyms
Students consider ways to enhance texts with antonyms, synonyms, verbs and adjectives.
Students read text extracts and consider the nuances between words that would be most appropriate to maintain the meaning of the text. Students identify the word that they have selected and explain why they think it best fits with the extract.
Students categorise words then place them on an incline as a word cline.
Students learn how connotation is subjective and can differ between a reader depending on their own personal backgrounds and experiences.
Students use context clues to help determine the meaning of unknown words.
Students predict vocabulary.
Students complete a vocabulary map for various words.
Vocabulary in context
Students use precise vocabulary to enhance reader understanding and enjoyment .