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Context Clues

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Transcript of Context Clues

CONTEXT CLUES
Using context means to
figure out what words mean
by how they are used in the
sentence or paragraph where
they appear. There are several
different context clues you
can use to help you figure
out unfamiliar words.
What are
Context Clues for?
1.
Definition/Explanation Clues
2.
Restatement/Synonym Clues
3.
Contrast/Antonym Clues
4.
Inference/General Context Clues
5.
Punctuation
Remember!

There are
five types of context clues:
1
.
Definition/Explanation Clues:
Sometimes a word's or phrase's meaning is explained immediately after its use.


Example:

"Haberdashery, which is a store that sells men’s clothing, is becoming more
common today.”
HERE ARE SOME OF ITS USES AND EXAMPLES..
Sometimes a hard word or phrase is said in a simple way.

Example:

"Voldemort was sent to the haberdashery to find a new suit. He needed to wear one for Harry's wedding."

Because the sentence says that Voldemort would find a suit at the haberdashery, then it must be a place where clothes for men are sold.
2.
Restatement/Synonym Clues
3.
Contrast/Antonym Clues
Sometimes a word or phrase is clarified by
the presentation of the opposite meaning somewhere close to its use. Look for signal words when applying context clues.
Example:

"Voldemort wanted to go to the haberdashery, but Dumbledore wanted to shop at the boutique.”

The signal word
but
tells the
reader that an
opposite thought is going to
be stated.
4.
Inference/General Context Clues
Sometimes a word or phrase is not immediately clarified within the same sentence. Relationships, which are not directly apparent, are inferred or implied. The reader must
look for clues within, before, and after the sentence in which the word is used.
Example:
“The haberdashery was Voldemort’s favorite place. He loved shopping for nice suits. The people who worked there were so kind and helpful.”
5.
Punctuation
Readers can also use clues of punctuation
and type style to infer meaning, such as
quotation marks, dashes, parentheses or
brackets (enclosing a definition), and italics (showing the word will be defined).
Examples:

Voldemort's father was a haberdasher, or men’s shop keeper, in the story.
Voldemort's father was a haberdasher (men’s shop keeper) in the story.
In the story, Voldemort's father was a haberdasher-or men’s shop keeper.
Voldemort's father was a “haberdasher”. He had a clothing store for men
.
SHALL
WE
START?
Bring out your fillers
Read each number carefully and identify which type of Context clue is used in the sentence. Write the correct letter of your answer.
Directions:
1.
Why would anyone want to be an underachiever like Malfoy? he will never make good grades, never get a good job, and never be successful.
A.
Antonym clues
B.
Synonym clues
C.
General Context clues
D.
Explanation clues
E.
Punctuation clues
2.
Harry Potter committed an
offense when he robbed the bank.
A.
Antonym clues
B.
Synonym clues
C.
General Context clues
D.
Explanation clues
E.
Punctuation clues
3.
Hermione and Ron thought they were being discreet when they saw each other outside of Hogwarts; however the entire school knew that they were secretly dating.
A.
Antonym clues
B.
Synonym clues
C.
General Context clues
D.
Explanation clues
E.
Punctuation clues
4.
Malfoy is often loquacious—very talkative—and active.
A.
Antonym clues
B.
Synonym clues
C.
General Context clues
D.
Explanation clues
E.
Punctuation clues
5.
Hagrid knows that Reducing cholesterol has a number of beneficial results. One positive outcome is reducing the risk of heart disease.
A.
Antonym clues
B.
Synonym clues
C.
General Context clues
D.
Explanation clues
E.
Punctuation clues
ANSWERS:
1.
Why would anyone want to be an underachiever like Malfoy? he will never make good grades, never get a good job, and never be successful.
Answer: C. General Context clues

because the word "
underachiever
" wasn't immediately clarified within the same sentence.
2.

Harry Potter committed an offense when he robbed the bank.
Answer: D. Explanation clues
Because the meaning or the act of the word "
offense
" was immediately explained after it's use.
3.
Hermione and Ron thought they were being discreet when they saw each other outside of Hogwarts; however the entire school knew that they were secretly dating.
Answer: A. Antonym clues
Because the word "
discreet
" was clarified by the presentation of the opposite meaning somewhere close to it's use. And that word is "
however
"
4.
Malfoy is often loquacious—very talkative—and active.
Answer: E. Punctuation
Because in the sentence dashes were used to help infer the meaning of the word "Loquacious"

5.
Hagrid knows that Reducing cholesterol has a number of beneficial results. One positive outcome is reducing the risk of heart disease.
Answer: B. Synonym clues
Because the word "reducing" was used or said in a simple way.
THE END ~(._.)~
THANKYOU FOR
COOPERATING WITH
VOLDEMORT
I can use context clues to determine the meaning of a word or phrase
Learning Target
L.4.4 pages 43, 67, 86, 106
1/11/13
http://tinyurl.com/b6gfo
Answer: C. General Context Clue
Time to Think!
Another cheesy video...
http://www.flocabulary.com/context-clues/
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