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   Follow the clues…
The author provides you with clues about word
meaning in a variety of ways.




The four main types of context clues:
Definition
Description or explanation
Synonym/antonym
Example
The definition is in close proximity to
the complex word.

       “That was exhausting,” Violet said, sitting
 down on the bottom step and passing around the
 bottle of water. “Exhausting and fruitless.”
         “Grape,” Sunny said.
        “No, no, Sunny,” Violet, said. “I didn’t mean we
 didn’t have any fruit. I just meant we didn’t learn
 anything. Do you think we missed a door?”

 - from A Series of Unfortunate Event: The Ersatz Elevator by Lemony Snicket
A description or explanation of the
word is provided by the author.


    … And Yelena the Fair consented to
    become his bride. So she did marry the
    Tsar after all. And as for the baby Tsar,
    he was given a new name and raised as
    their own child.

 - From the Golden Mare, the Firebird,and the Magic Ring by Ruth Sanderson
A synonym/antonym of the word is in
close proximity to the complex word



 “ Oh, really,” said Roscuro, “this is too
   extraordinary. This is too wonderful. I
   must tell Boticello that he was wrong.
   Suffering is no the answer. Light is the
   answer.”

 - From Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo
The author provides an example of
the complex word used in the text.

   Stanley’s father was smart and had a lot of
   perseverance. Once he started a project
   he would work on it for years, often going
   days without sleep.

- From Hole by Louis Sachar
REMEMBER:
Look for a definition
Locate a description or
   explanation
Find a synonym/antonym
Seek an example

				
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