We will often come across words we surely do not understand in a body of work. New words challenge us, but provide a great opportunity for learning new vocabulary. These worksheets will give students practice with words that are new to them and will provide basic strategies for determining their meaning. You can do this many different ways.
Word Power – Help students use power words. This is an advanced sheet.
How to Understand the Meaning of Words You Don't Recognize When Reading?
The English language has an immense vocabulary. It is almost impossible to keep track of all the words that are being used today from the English vocabulary. Often times, people find themselves in distress when they can't decode the meaning of a certain word. They might face this situation while giving an exam where you do not have access to your phone or dictionary. Situations like these can be stressful because you don't always carry a pocket dictionary to look up to for the meaning.
But there are ways to understand the meaning of words that you do not recognize. There are certain ways that would help you in guessing the correct meaning of the word.
Read the Entire Sentence
This is not only the most common method being taught to guess the meaning of the word that you don't recognize, but also the most helpful one. You can reread the sentence several times to understand the context of it. If you can comprehend the context of the sentence without using the word, then you can easily guess the meaning as well. You can also link the guessed meaning of the unknown word with the context of the sentence. If both make sense, then you have probably guessed it right.
Look for Prefixes or Suffixes
Etymology is the study of words. It uses different techniques to understand the meaning of the words and how they changed with time. It includes two major things - prefixes and suffixes. Prefixes are predefined words that are used in the starting of the word while suffixes are used in the ending. For example, anti, intro, micro, omni, etc. are common prefixes. While "ee", "ity" are examples of suffixes. If you can identify any prefixes or suffixes, you have guessed the meaning of half the word.