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Context Clues

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Jarrod Horne

on 15 April 2015

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Follow the clues...
Context Clues
Context: 1) The circumstances that form the setting for an event, statement, or idea, and in terms of which it can be fully understood and assessed.
2) The parts of something written or spoken that immediately precede and follow a word or passage and clarify its meaning.
What is it?
Direct definition:
Types of Context Clues
Dear Journal,
I overslept this morning. I had to eat my bowl of poof-poofs very quickly, and I almost missed the tramzam. When I got to school, I realized I had forgotten my zilping. Luckily, Ms. Jutzi is very zoosh and told me I could bring it tomorrow.

After school, some friends and I played plingming. It's a new game I'm learning. We scored seven points and they only scored five, so we were the zoiters!

Dad says that next weekend we're going to the fladder. I can't wait! I love to swim and play in the sand. I hope I don't get a sunburn, though.
The text in which a word or
passage appears and
which affects its meaning
The definition of an unfamiliar word
is given in the sentence.
A synonym for an unfamiliar word is given in the sentence.
An antonym for an unfamiliar word is given in the sentence.
There are many theories, or
about what made the Ice Age happen.
After seeing the picture of the starving children, we felt compassion or
for their suffering.
Joe was reluctant to take the job
of team captain. Todd, however, was
to take on the role.
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"

He took his vorpal sword in hand:
Long time the manxome foe he sought—
So rested he by the Tumtum tree,
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!

One, two! One, two! and through and through
The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went galumphing back.

"And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?
Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!"
He chortled in his joy.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Clue: a piece of evidence or information used in the detection of a crime or solving of a mystery.
Sources of information around words that readers may use to predict the identities and meanings of unknown words.
Example Clues:
An example of the unfamiliar word is sometimes found nearby.
Mood/Tone Clues:
The author sets the mood and the unknown word must match the mood.
Experience Clues:
The reader knows from experience how people or things act in a given situation. This gives a clue to the word's meaning.
Inference Clues:
The reader can sometimes use clues to make an educated guess, or inference, about meanings.
Cause and Effect Clues:
The author explains the reason for or the result of the word.
Piscatorial creatures, such as flounder, salmon, and trout, live in the coldest parts of the ocean.
The lugubrious wails of the gypsies matched the dreary whistling of the wind in the all-but-deserted cemetery.
During those first bewildering weeks, the thoughts of a college freshman drift back to high school where he was “in,” knew everyone, and felt at home. A feeling of nostalgia sweeps over him.
She told her friend, “I’m through with blind dates forever. What a dull evening! I was bored every minute. The conversation was absolutely vapid.”
She wanted to impress all her dinner guests with the food she served, so she carefully studied the necessary culinary arts.
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