Making New Words Your Own
Context, Structure, Sound, Dictionary Strategy CSSD
Example of Wordbusting Strategy
Transcribe - After listening to her interview on audiotape, Tressa
decided to transcribe it so she could accurately
write her feature article.
Context Structure Sound
Tressa decided to transcribe trans + scribe trans skrib'
the interview after listening to it trans is "over" sounds like the word transcript
on audiotape. scribe means "to write" It may be something written down.
Dictionary: “to write or type out a copy of, as
from a speech or notes”
Hints for figuring out unknown words.
Hint # 1 - Context: Look for clues to the meaning of the word in
the sentence. For example, after signals cause and effect and
helps reveal the meaning of transcribe.
Hint # 2 - Structure: Examine the word parts for roots, prefixes
and suffixes that you know.
Hint # 3 - Sound: Say the word aloud and listen for any word
parts you know.
Hint # 4 - Dictionary: If you cannot determine a word’s
meaning from applying context, structure, and sound strategies,
look up the unfamiliar word in a dictionary. Read all the
definitions and choose one that best fits the given sentence.
How to answer context clue exercises.
Hint # 1 Read Column B first, and look for clues to the meaning
of the word.
Hint # 2 You should scan Column A for a likely definition of the
Hint # 3 As you write the word in the blank, say it to yourself
to get a sense of the sound of the word.
Sometimes you are asked to supply the missing vocabulary
word or words in order to create a sentence that makes sense.
Hint # 1 Think about the logic of the sentence.
Hint # 2 Substitute the words in choice (A) through (E) in the
sentence to see which pair of words completes the
logic of the sentence.
As you complete these
three types of exercises,
you will develop the ability
to make an educated
guess about the meaning
of a word by thinking
about its context.