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  1. CONTEXT CLUES Ms. Goertz & Mrs. Elliott’s 8th Grade Class

  2. CONTEXT CLUES • Hints provided in the text which give information about a certain word’s meaning

  3. CATEGORIES OF CLUES • There are 3 main categories that context clues generally fit into: • Definition • Synonym • Example

  4. DEFINITION • A form of the verb "to be" is a signal that the definition of the word may be in the sentence. • “Or" is a signal word indicating that the definition is in the sentence.

  5. EXAMPLE of DEFINITION • A carnivore is an animal that feeds only on meat. • A biographer, or one who writes about people's lives, is an example of an author.

  6. SYNONYM • The word "like" is a signal word indicating a synonym, a word of similar meaning, in the sentence.

  7. EXAMPLE of SYNONYM • The gentry, like the popular kids in school, influences popular trends and decisions.

  8. EXAMPLE • "Such as," "for instance," and "for example” are signal words that indicate there is an example of the word to follow.

  9. EXAMPLE of EXAMPLE • The student was suffering from anxiety. For example, when he first saw the test, he began to tremble.

  10. TIME TO PRACTICE! • Select what type of context clue you think is being used in the following sentences.

  11. QUESTION 1 The quagmire, like quick sand, pulled the fallen tree branches below the surface. A. Definition B. Synonym C. Example

  12. SORRY, TRY AGAIN!!!

  13. GREAT JOB!!!

  14. QUESTION 2 The new student used a very strange diction. For instance, she called the trunk a “boot” and her apartment a “flat.” A. Definition B. Synonym C. Example

  15. SORRY, TRY AGAIN!!!

  16. GREAT JOB!!!

  17. QUESTION 3 The top of the mountain trail offered a panoramic, or wide-ranging, view of the valley below. A. Definition B. Synonym C. Example

  18. SORRY, TRY AGAIN!!!

  19. GREAT JOB!!!

  20. NOW IT’S YOUR TURN Get into groups of 2 or 3 and write your own sentence for each category of context clues.