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Context Clues

An introduction to learning how to recognize clues authors give us to understand unknown words in context.
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Jessica Capuano

on 12 January 2013

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Transcript of Context Clues

Writers are good about helping their readers! The prefix con means "with" or "together"

The text is what you are reading

So context means within the text 4.) Writers use SYNONYMS
(words that mean the same thing). The mouse scurried across the floor to escape from the cat.
His heart pitter-pattered in his chest as he moved quickly
to his hole in the kitchen wall. Context Clues Using an Author's Clues to Understand New Words A context clue is a hint or
hints the author gives you
about a new or unknown
word. 5.) Writers use ANTONYMS (opposites). Many mountain climbers have tried to reach the summit of Mount Everest. From the bottom, climbers have to hike 29,029 feet. 1.) Writers give the word's meaning (definition)
in the text. Pyramids are ancient (old) buildings that were built in Egypt. 2.) Writers give the reader an example. There are thousands of kinds of amphibians that live on earth. Salamanders and frogs spend part of their lives on land and part in living in water. 3.) Writers give the reader a part of
a word she or he already knows. Historians believe that dinosaurs and humans did not exist on our planet at the same time. We will learn 5 ways writers help readers understand new words. Marco believes that he can accomplish, or do, whatever he wants to if he works hard. A human's heart beats by contracting. The squeezing and relaxing of your heart are what keeps blood pumping through your body. My sister always manages to prolong the time it takes our family to leave the house in the mornings. She sleeps through her alarm, takes super-long showers, and can never decide what she wants to wear. No matter how much my mom tries to rush her along, we are always late for school. When my baby brother is irritated, he screams at the top of his lungs. To help calm him, my mother often sings lullabies. Remember -
Authors leave clues in the text.

Use those clues, and you can figure out unknown words! My sister wants to be a zoologist when she grows up.
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