English Language Arts, Grade 7


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Study Guide Vocabulary English Language Arts, Grade 7

VOCABULARY What Is Vocabulary? Vocabulary refers to a collection of words. Examples: Our English vocabulary developed in a variety of ways: Names of people and places provide some English words. Rudolf Diesel invented an engine that is named after him. The first letters of words, called acronyms, provide new words for our language. The acronym CD comes from the words compact and disc. Shortened words provide some new English words. The word hamburger provides the shortened word burger. Some new words, called echoic words, are derived from imitating sounds. Buzz was derived from the sound of a fly. A student can expand his/her vocabulary by using context clues. A student can also add new words to his/her vocabulary by analyzing the meanings of affixes. The denotation of a word is its definition, while its connotation is the emotional feeling associated with the word. Try This! 1] Adolphe Sax invented a/an _____ that is named after him. a] carnival ride b] musical instrument c] engine d] food 2] Figure out the meaning of the word in bold print by using context clues. Gerald was so fatigued after his two-mile swim that he could barely drag himself out of the lake. a] awake b] alert c] peppy d] tired © Copyright NewPath Learning. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted for the purchaser to print copies for non-commercial educational purposes only. Visit us at www.NewPathLearning.com.