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Lesson 1: Types of Context Clues

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Transcript of Lesson 1: Types of Context Clues

Lesson 1: Using Context Clues to Solve
Word Mysteries (Introduction)

Using
EXAMPLES as context clues:
Sometimes one or more EXAMPLES of an unknown
word are listed in the same sentence to help you solve
its meaning.
Sometimes a definition is given within a sentence to help solve the meaning of an unknown word.
Using COMPARISONS and CONTRASTS as context clues:
Sometimes the meaning of an unknown word can be solved by comparing it to similar words or contrasting it with opposite words within the sentence.
Using PREFIXES and SUFFIXES as context clues:
Sometimes, parts of an unknown word (such as prefixes and suffixes) can be used as context clues to help solve for the meaning of that word.
Context clues are words and ideas around a word
you do not know that
can give you clues
to its meaning.

To flavor my homemade chili, I added salt, pepper, chili powder, and
cumin
.
What are context clues?

Salt, pepper, and chili powder are all EXAMPLES that can help you solve the meaning of
cumin
.
What other words in the sentence above might be used as EXAMPLES to find the meaning of
cumin
?
Q:
A:
Using DEFINITIONS as context clues:
The sheep were disturbed by a pack of
coyotes
, small wolves that live in the west.
In the sentence above, "
small wolves that live in the west
" are words that DEFINE the meaning of

coyote
.
The
Kentucky Derby
reminded me of a NASCAR race, except the derby had horses instead of cars.
In the sentence above, the
Kentucky Derby
is COMPARED to a car race with horses.
Instead of living in a city with many other people, she chose to be a
recluse
.
In the sentence above, being a
recluse
is CONTRASTED with being someone who wants to be around a lot of people.
Almost every night, my brother and sister
disagree
about which TV show to watch before bedtime.
In the sentence above, the prefix "dis-" can be used to solve the meaning of
disagree
. A reader can use the PREFIX as a context clue if that reader knows "dis-" means "the opposite of".
Disagree
is the opposite of agree.
Created by
Alecia Strohl,
2013
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