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Context Clues:. You Be the Detective. 1. C 2. A 3. B 4. D 5. C. 6. B 7. A 8. C 9. C 10. D. Answer Key. Context Clues – What Are They?.

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Context clues

Context Clues:

You Be the Detective


Answer key

  • 1. C

  • 2. A

  • 3. B

  • 4. D

  • 5. C

  • 6. B

  • 7. A

  • 8. C

  • 9. C

  • 10. D

Answer Key


Context clues what are they

Context Clues – What Are They?

  • Context clues are bits of information from the text that, when combined with prior knowledge, allow you to decide the meaning of unknown words in the text you are reading.

  • As a reader, you must act similar to a detective and put together clues from sentences surrounding an unknown word in order to make and intelligent “guess” as to what the definition of a word is.


Context clues how do they help you read new words

Context Clues – How do they help You Read New Words?

  • Textbook Writers/authors include words or phrases to help their readers understand the meaning of a new or difficult word.

  • These words or phrases are built into sentences around the new or difficult word. By becoming more aware of the words around a difficult word, readers can make logical guesses about the meanings of many words.


3 types of context clues

3 Types of Context Clues

  • Direct Definition Context Clues

    • Synonym Context Clues

  • Antonym Context Clues


  • Direct definition context clues

    Direct Definition Context Clues

    • Direct Definition Context Clues are words that say, “Stop! Don’t touch that dictionary. The definition of the word you don’t know is right here in the text!”

    • Example:

      • There are many theories or ideas, about what made the Ice Age happen.

      • In this sentence, the word theories means ideas or different thoughts people have.


    Direct definition c c example 2

    Direct Definition C.C.Example #2

    • After a time, glaciers, or slowly moving rivers of ice, formed over many parts of the earth.

    • In this sentence, the words “slowly moving river of ice” tells us what glaciers are.


    Synonym context clues

    Synonym Context Clues

    • Synonym Context Clues are words around a difficult word that meant he same, or nearly the same as the word.

    • Example:

      • After reading about Tererai Trent, we felt compassion or pity for the women in Zimbabwe.

      • In this sentence the word “pity” is a synonym for compassion.


    Synonym context clue example 2

    Synonym Context Clue Example #2

    • Mrs. Smith admonished her students and they knew they were in hot water for their actions.

    • In this sentence the words “in hot water” tell us that admonished means cautioned or scolded.


    Antonym context clues

    Antonym Context Clues

    • Antonym Context Clues are words around a difficult word that mean the opposite, or nearly the opposite of the word.

    • Example:

      • Joe was reluctant to take the job of captain of the team. He was afraid that the time it would take would hurt his grades. On the other hand, Billy was eager for the chance to be the team captain.


    Context clues

    In this sentence the words “on the other hand” and “eager” tell us that Billy feels the opposite of Joe, therefore reluctant means uncertain or cautious.


    Context clues

    So what are context clues?

    What are the three main types?

    You are going to use what you have learned on a ten point quiz.


    Post test

    POST –TEST!

    Use clues in each sentence to solve for meaning! “It’s elementary my dear Watson!”


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