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Copy of Using Context Clues

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Cassandra Oliver- Hansana

on 16 September 2014

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We use context clues when we come across a word we don't know while reading a text.
Types of Context Clues

Context Clues
The unfamiliar word is defined by using the word’s opposite or contrasting meaning.

This type of context clue usually includes the words: whereas, unlike, as opposed to, however, in contrast to, but, on the other hand.

Example: Unlike Jen, who was easygoing, Jackie was
Context Clue Number 2:
Antonym or Contrast
In the same sentence

In the same paragraph or passage

Context clues can be in the sentences following the word, for example:

They are called context clues, because they are found in the “context” of the sentence or passage.
Where are context clues found?
They help us define unfamiliar, difficult words in texts.
They help us to become better, perceptive readers.
They come in handy during tests when a dictionary or the internet is not available to us.
Why are context clues important?
Cantankerous means grouchy, or ill-tempered.
Context clue: synonym or restatement
Riddle Number 4:
In class, Julia was so
that her grumpy behavior negatively affected everyone. We don't like Julia.
Riddle Number 4
Ranivorous means frog-eating.
Context clue: definition
Riddle Number 3:
A maverick is a loner, someone who is independent of the group.

Context clue: antonym or contrast
Riddle Number 2:
Unlike Kyle, who is a conformer and a follower, Jeremy is a

Riddle Number 2
A bumbershoot is an umbrella.
Context clue: inference
Riddle Number 1: Answer
Read each sentence silently.
Think about what the highlighted word means, and the type of context clue you used to arrive at your answer. Use your slate to record your answer.

The Context Clues Riddle Game
Words with similar meanings are used within the same sentence, or around the unfamiliar word.

Example: On second thought, the elephant looked very
. Maybe it would be too heavy for the trampoline.
Context Clue Number 3:
Synonym or Comparison
The unfamiliar word is directly defined in the sentence in which it appears.

Definitions are usually set off by commas or dashes, and may include the use of the words, as, or, that is, and in other words.

red fruits that grow on trees
are my teacher’s favorite food.
Context Clue Number 1: Definition
hawk, an animal that eats frogs, is found in central and eastern Africa. My hillbilly uncle was also ranivorous.
Riddle Number 3
Since it was raining outside, I used my
to keep from getting wet. Yes, bumbershoot is a real word.
Riddle Number 1
Let's Practice Now

"If you actually succeed in creating a utopia, you've created a world without conflict, in which everything is perfect. And if there's no conflict, there are no stories worth telling - or reading!''

- Veronica Roth

― -Fish
When we go to a seafood hashery, I tell the waiter, "Just water for me, thanks.''
― Isabel Allende
“Sometimes I have these premonitions and I don't forget them, so I will be prepared when they happen.”
-Arnold Shwarzenegger
"Money doesn't bring you [felicity]. I now have $50 million, but I was just as happy when I had $48 million.''
-Mother Jones

Are you ready to get started?
Context Clue Number 4: Inference


was Lou’s favorite place. He loved shopping for nice suits. The people who worked there were so kind and helpful. He also liked saying haberdashery.
Context Clue Number 5: Examples
Ocean front
are hard to find in Iowa. Ocean front land, or real estate, is difficult to spot because there are no oceans in Iowa.
Examples within the text are used to reveal the meaning of the word.
The meaning can be determined based on the situation the word is used in.
Some people say you cannot abide without love, but I say oxygen is more important to live.
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