Grade Levels: 6th – 12th, Adult Education, Homeschool
This text is organized to make word acquisition easier. It accomplishes this by congregating the terms in synonymous groupings. In these groupings, the shades of difference become starkly manifest; thus, understanding which term is the best term for what you want to say (imply) or understand becomes simplistic and interesting task. And, studying the terms in such groupings allows their subtleties to hail themselves; for, each subtlety is actually stated and demonstrated in a pointed, contextualized sentence.
The denotations and statements contained in this reference were determined using three criteria as primary indicators: (1) most frequent current use, (2) the presence of root words, (3) the etymology or historical derivation of each term.
Before and after your explorations through the synonymous groupings, a pretest and a post-test are provided to demonstrate the value of your study. Also, after each ten pages of study, there is a cloze exercise as well as a puzzlement exercise available in the Review Exercise sections.
In the Answer Key section (TE), answer keys are also provided to verify the accuracy of your choices.
Finally, one of the most productive features of this reference is the Greek and Latin root word study guide in Appendix A. It exposes and clarifies the meanings of a vast array of additional terms by presenting the studier with well over 100 specific root words and elements to peruse and manipulate. No vocabulary reference guide will ever contain every possible word. Though this one contains well over 500 terms in synonymous connotative groups, Appendix A affords the immediate ability to multiply that number countless times.
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