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Context Clues. I DO. What are Context Clues?. A new word or information such as a (definition, synonym, antonym, or example) that appears near a word or phrase and offers suggestions about its meaning Hints that the author gives to help define a difficult or unusual word.

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what are context clues
What are Context Clues?
  • A new word or information such as a (definition, synonym, antonym, or example) that appears near a word or phrase and offers suggestions about its meaning
  • Hints that the author gives to help define a difficult or unusual word.
types of context clues
Types of Context Clues
  • Synonym- a word with the same meaning is used in a sentence.

Ex. buy and purchase/ big and large

  • Antonym- a word or group of words that has the opposite meaning reveals the meaning of an unknown term

Ex. My opponent’s argument is fallacious, misleading –plain wrong

  • Explanation- The unknown word is explained in the sentence or the next sentence

Ex. Although some men are loquacious, or others hardly talk at all.

  • Example- specific examples are used to define the term

Ex. Celestial bodies, such as the sun, moon, and stars are governed by predictable laws .

how to use context clues
How to use Context Clues
  • Locate the unfamiliar word
  • Write the word down
  • Write down the paragraph or page number
  • Read before and after the word (read around the word)
  • Write down words that help you find the meaning of the word (context clues)
  • Write down what you think the word means (make predictions)
  • Check to make sure your prediction makes sense (reread to confirm)
context clue practice
Context Clue Practice
  • Directions: Read the following sentences and define the bolded/underlined word based on the context clue. Then identify which of the four types of clues is used.
  • The girl who used to be very vociferous doesn’t talk much anymore
  • The girl was churlish-rude, sullen, and absolutely ill-manered
practice time
Practice Time
  • Directions: Read the following sentences or phrases INDEPENDENTLY and define the bolded/underlined word based on the context clue. Then identify which of the four types of clues is used
  • His pertinacity, or stubbornness is the cause of most of his trouble
  • Rather than be involved in clandestine meetings, they did everything quite openly.
  • Ecclesiastics, such as priests, ministers, and pastors, should set models of behaviors for their congregants.
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