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Decoding New Vocabulary. Context Clues. What are context clues?. Information from the text that, when combined with prior knowledge, help the reader decipher the meaning of an unknown word. Types of Context Clues. Definition Synonym Antonym Example. Definition.

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what are context clues
What are context clues?
  • Information from the text that, when combined with prior knowledge, help the reader decipher the meaning of an unknown word.
types of context clues
Types of Context Clues
  • Definition
  • Synonym
  • Antonym
  • Example
definition
Definition
  • The meaning of the vocabulary word is in the sentence itself

Etymology, which is the study of the origin of words, finds many teachers taking the bull by its horns when unraveling the mysteries of vocabulary studies.

synonym
Synonym
  • Word(s) with similar meanings are used in the sentence

Lou felt as though she had been sent to the doghouse when Louisa admonished her for fighting at school.

“sent to the doghouse” means to be punished

antonym
Antonym
  • Word(s) with opposite meanings are used in the sentence

It was your duplicity that caused me to break up with you! Had you been honest, I wouldn\'t have felt the need.

example
Example
  • Examples help the reader infer the meaning of the new word

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

how to find context clues
How to find context clues
  • Pay attention to punctuation - dashes and commas can provide important clues
  • Notice key words such as “or” and “that is” – they can give hints to a word’s meaning
  • Look out for the location of the word – being near a noun or verb can help determine the part of speech
how to make a word map
How to Make a Word Map

vocab

word

context

clue

type of

clue

definition

example word map
Example Word Map

won’t find… but… mythology

annals

chronological records; historical accounts

antonym

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