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Context Clues

Context Clues referencing the book Fever 1793.

Andrea Rico

on 16 January 2013

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Transcript of Context Clues

How to infer the
meaning of
new words. Context Clues Use the LPR3 to find Clues How do you look for clues to figure out a
word you don’t
know? Look - before, at, and after the new word

Predict - quickly predict the word's meaning

Reason - think more carefully about the word's
meaning, trying to be as precise as the
context clues permit

Resolve - recognize that you may need to take
other steps (e.g., look it up, ask someone)

Redo - go through the steps again if necessary Different types of Clues 1. Definition- the word is defined directly and clearly
in the sentence in which it appears.
Signal words: is, are, or, means, refers to

The arbitrator, the neutral person chosen to settle the dispute, arrived at her decision.

2. Antonym (or contrast)– often signaled by the words
whereas, unlike, or as
opposed to.
Signal words: but, however, although, not, dispite, some, but others, on the other hand, unlike whereas, yet

Unlike Jamaal’s room, which was immaculate, Jeffery's room was very messy. Different types of Clues 5. Explanation- The unknown word is explained within
the sentence or in a sentence immediately
Signal words: for example, such as, include, because, commas or dashes that separate an explanation or example

The patient is so somnolent that she requires medication to help her stay awake for more than a short time.

6. Example- Specific examples are used to define the term.
Signal words: for example, like, such as, including

Celestial bodies, such as the sun, moon, and stars,
are governed by predictable laws. January 16, 2013
Exit Ticket January 17, 2013
Exit Ticket Choose one of the following prompts. Write 3+ complete sentences.

• After today, I feel more confident in being able to find contextual clues when I’m reading. This skill will help me…
• After today, I still don’t feel like I understand how to find contextual clues. Miss Rico can help me by…
I can help myself by... 3.Synonym– other words are used in the sentence with
similar meanings.
Signal words: also, as like, same, too

The slender woman was so thin her clothes were too big on her.

4. Inference–word meanings are not directly described,
but need to be inferred from the context.

Walt’s pugnacious behavior made his opponent back down. Different types of Clues 1. While several aspects of the new charter school were open to
discussion, the location of the new school was immutable.

2. Hugh finally decided that the frenetic pace of Wall
Street wasn’t for him and moved back to his family’s farm in

3. Her leopard-skin outfit at the humane society fundraiser was
the antithesis of good taste. January 17, 2013
YOU DO Use the clues to figure out the definition of the underlined word. Also, explain which contextual clue helped you find the meaning of the word. Write your answer in complete sentences.

Example response:
Abhorred means hated. The contextual clue I used to find the meaning of abhorred was inference because the sentence implied the rat was going to ruin the mother’s quilt. January 16, 2013
DO NOW 1. Explain in 1-2 sentences what you think "context clues"

2. Now use context clues to help you understand what the red word means. Write
the red word in your notebook and what you think it means based on how it's
used in the sentence.

A) Katie appeared infallible in math class because she had never
gotten a problem incorrect.

B) A sleuth, such as Sherlock Holmes, can be very helpful in
solving crimes.

C) The book contained many conundrums, or mind-exercising

D) Two new girls started school this week. Beth has a gregarious
attitude, while Jenna is rather quiet. Write the red word and what you think it means. Look for the context clues. Number your answers 1-3. 1. What does LPR3 stand for?

2. List three types of context clues? January 17, 2013
DO NOW Mnemonic device: A device, such as a formula or rhyme, used as an aid in remembering
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