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Standard: WFV1.1 – Identify and use the literal and figurative meanings of words and understand word derivations. ESLR



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Standard: WFV1.1 – Identify and use the literal and figurative meanings of words and understand word derivations.

  • ESLR: Resourceful Learner – Take responsibility for learning

  • Rationale: On the CAHSEE, you will be asked to analyze vocabulary in context. You will need to use the context of reading passages to understand the meaning of selected vocabulary words. When taking a road trip, it is helpful to be aware of your surroundings. You might be able to figure out where you are by looking at the landmarks around you. The same thing goes for figuring out the meaning of unfamiliar words. Look at the words and information around the unfamiliar word to determine its meaning. The information that surrounds the word is called its context. Think about the meaning of the phrase as a whole and analyze how the unknown word fits into that meaning. Look for clue words that suggest a definition or a contrasting phrase, such as that is, in other words, or on the contrary. Paying attention to overall context, clues of contrast and examples provided by the author will help you to understand words you don’t know. Vocabulary-in-context questions require you to use information in a passage to determine the meaning of words that might be unfamiliar to you.

    1. Directions: Read the following passage and then complete the activity that follows.

    2. Charlotte Bronte

    3. Brilliantly told, Jane Eyre is one of the most popular novels ever written, having enraptured readers for more than a century and a half with its spooky, dark story. When the gloomy novel first appeared in 1847, the publisher listed the author as Currer Bell. But this was actually a masculine pen name for its true author, an Englishwoman named Charlotte Bronte.

    4. Bronte was born in 1816 in Yorkshire, England, an area filled with moors, which are tracts of open, rolling land. Her father was the parish clergyman in a remote town. Her mother died in 1821, and an aunt helped raise her and her siblings. Her two sisters, Emily and Anne, also became renowned novelists. Emily wrote the masterpiece Wuthering Heights, while Anne wrote Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.

    5. Some literary historians describe the three sisters as having been lonely and shy individuals throughout their lives but argue that their personal isolation and introverted ways allowed them to develop stellar imaginations. Indeed, their works display highly imaginative stories and characters, not to mention a keen understanding of people’s motivations and dispositions.

    6. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte’s most acclaimed work, focuses on the title character, tracing her life from a harsh, austere boarding school to a grand, stately house where she works as a governess. Strange events take place in the eerie house as the heroine encounters her employer, Rochester, and the other mysterious inhabitants. As a character, Jane remains strikingly self-possessed and independent, and her strong will propels the story.

    7. In addition to Jane Eyre, Bronte wrote three other novels. Shirley, published in 1849, unfolds amidst the labor riots that took place in England in the early 1800s. Villette was published four years later. Some scholars believe Villette has autobiographical roots, recounting Bronte’s difficulties as a governess in Brussels. The Professor was published in 1857, two years after Bronte’s death.

    8. Today people all over the world read Bronte’s works. College professors routinely assign Jane Eyre to students, and scholars marvel at the work’s complexity. Meanwhile, the name Charlotte Bronte remains eternally etched in literary history.













    9. Directions: The first column contains all of the boldfaced vocabulary words from the passage about Charlotte Bronte. There are definitions for each of these vocabulary words in the second column. Write the letter of the correct definition next to each vocabulary word.

    1. enraptured

    2. gloomy

    3. pen name

    4. tracts

    5. remote

    6. siblings

    7. renowned

    8. introverted

    9. stellar

    10. keen

    11. dispositions

    12. austere

    13. stately

    14. eerie

    15. inhabitants

    16. recounting

    17. routinely

    18. eternally





    1. well-known; famous

    2. distant; far away

    3. occupants

    4. shy and quiet in a group

    5. telling the details of

    6. filled with delight

    7. brothers or sisters

    8. extremely good; first-rate

    9. finely tuned; able to sense minor differences or details

    10. a name used by a writer instead of his or her real name

    11. moods; temperaments

    12. regularly

    13. dark; cheerless

    14. everlastingly; forever

    15. grand and imposing in appearance

    16. stretches of land

    17. strange; creepy

    18. imposing physical hardship; grim and humorless

    1. Directions: Determine the correct word or words for each blank, using the context clues you are given. Circle your answer choice. Then, on the lines below the passage, write down the context clues that helped you make your decision.

    1. Tokyo

    2. More than twenty-eight million people live in Tokyo, the capital city of Japan. That number is more than fifty times greater than the number of people who live in the entire state of Alaska! Tokyo is (19) ___________________ (ancient, enormous, unpopular).

    3. Not only is Tokyo crammed with people, but this bustling city is also (20) __________________ (in need of, looking for, filled with) buildings, everything from coffee shops to skyscrapers, discos to museums. Its freeways are jammed with cars, and its parks are packed with people. Tourists from all over the world (21) _________________ (visit, avoid, impress) Tokyo, shopping in its chic stores and along is stylish avenues. Its streets hum with energy.

    4. ________________________________________________________________________________

    5. ________________________________________________________________________________

    6. ________________________________________________________________________________

    1. Directions: Read the passages below. For each, identify the meanings of the underlined words and note the clues that helped you identify their meanings.

    1. Being a professor is a difficult line of work. Because professors must pay close attention to detail, they must go through many, many years of study and have vigilant discipline and a passion for knowledge. Young people who hope to become college professors must prepare themselves for the rigors of academic life, such as grading tests, writing books, and teaching students who may not be excited to be in their classes. Of course, there are also many benefits to being a professor. While it may seem they are full-time recluses in the library, professors do have the opportunity to leave their books and research aside. When they do, they are able to meet exciting colleagues with whom they share their love of learning.

    2. What is the meaning of the word vigilant in the paragraph?

    3. _______________________________________________

    4. What context clues helped you understand the meaning of vigilant?

    5. _______________________________________________

    6. What is the meaning of the word rigors in the paragraph?

    7. _______________________________________________

    8. What context clues helped you understand the meaning of rigors?

    9. _______________________________________________

    10. What is the meaning of the word recluses in the paragraph?

    11. _______________________________________________

    12. What context clues helped you understand the meaning of recluses?

    13. _______________________________________________

    14. Gianlorenzo Bernini was an Italian sculptor, painter, and architect whose artwork can be found all over Europe. He learned most of his skills from his father, who taught him how to work with marble and paint portraits. Bernini was supported by a rich group of benefactors who made it financially possible for him to complete so many works. Many of Bernini’s sculptures can be found in Rome. His art is passionate and full of emotion and energy, and many visitors to Rome say that his art is their favorite aspect of the city.

    15. What is the meaning of the word sculptor in the paragraph?

    16. _______________________________________________

    17. What context clues helped you understand the meaning of sculptor?

    18. _______________________________________________

    19. What is the meaning of the word benefactors in the paragraph?

    20. _______________________________________________

    21. What context clues helped you understand the meaning of benefactors?

    22. _______________________________________________

    23. What is the meaning of the word aspect in the paragraph?

    24. _______________________________________________

    25. What context clues helped you understand the meaning of aspect?

    26. _______________________________________________

    1. Multiple Meanings

    2. Some words have multiple meanings depending on how they are used in a sentence. Words with multiple meanings have one spelling but more than one definition. Sometimes these words can be confusing, and you will need to be alert to the context of the sentence to decipher which meaning the author intends.

    1. Directions: The sentences below contain underlined words that have multiple meanings. Their definitions have been placed in parentheses at the ends of the sentences. Circle the meaning that fits in the context of the sentence.

    1. Every time Ms. Smith tried to leave the park, her son pleaded, “Can’t we stay just one more minute? (a unit of time consisting of sixty seconds; extremely small or tiny)

    2. It was a beautiful day, so the boys decided to pool their money and head to the miniature golf course. (a place in which to swim; to gather together)

    3. Darren was stunned with the beauty of the plain, the animals grazing on the grasses, the clouds scurrying across the sky. (simple and undecorated; an area of grassy, treeless land)

    4. On the crowded train from Palermo to Rome, Mario and Louisa slept in an uncomfortable coach with four other people. (an athletic teacher; a type of railroad passenger car)

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