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Context Clues

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on 18 November 2013

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Transcript of Context Clues

Contrast/ Antonym
The unfamiliar word is shown to be different from or unlike another word and is often an opposite; but, however, although, otherwise, unless,instead,on the other hand,while, never, no, or not may be used to signal the contrast
Example
The other football player said he was small
but
was very
loquacious
Context Clues
Comparison
The unfamiliar word is shown to be the same as or like another word;
too, like, as, similar to, or in the same way may be used as signals.
Example
My friend is
enthralled
by basketball
similar to
the way that
I
am fascinated by dancing.
Examples
The unfamiliar word is cleared-up by giving an example;
for instance
,
such as
, and
for example
may be used as signals.
Examples
The teacher chose different
vocalist
, such as a
sopranos
and altos, near the school.
Definition

The unknown word is equated to a more familiar word or phrase usually a form of to be is used.
Example
Biology
is
the study of living things
Restatement/Synonym
The meaning in usually right after the unfamiliar word and often separated from the rest of the sentence with commas, dashes, or parentheses; sometimes or, that is or in other words is used.
Example
Plant eaters,
that is
herbivores,are at the bottom of the food chain.
List/Series
The unfamiliar word is included in a series of related words that gives an idea of the word's meaning.
Example
Africa has giraffes, elephants, lions,
apollas, gazelles, and zebras
Cause and Effect
The meaning of the unfamiliar word is signaled by and cause-and-effect relationship between ideas in the text.
Example
Due to the
dearth
of worms, the birds starved to death.
The meaning of an unfamiliar word can be inferred from the description of a situation or experience
Example
The children's vociferous talking in class made me wish that I some earplugs on.

Description/Inference
Biology the study of living things
Example
the giraffe, elephant, rhino, panda, rabbit, deer, and koala
Example
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