Word Learning Strategy:  Context Clues

Word Learning Strategy: Context Clues


Common Core Standard:  Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a specific word choice on meaning and tone.


Lesson Objective:  Determine the meaning of words and phrases through the use of context clues.

Through this tutorial you will learn the basic types of context clues, see examples of each type of context clue, review examples, and practice identifying types of context clues.

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View Tutorial on Context Clues

Directions:  While viewing this tutorial, write the following notes in the word study section of your notebook:

1.  Acronym used to remember the types of context clues

2.  The type of context clue and of brief description or definition.  Use your own words to help your brain best remember the information.

3.  Write down the signal words or other clues authors use to let readers know the meanings of words.

Source: Jodi Owens-Kristenson

Using Context Clues to Learn Meanings of Unknown Words

This tutorial will help you understand the types of context clues authors use to help readers understand word meanings. Use of context clues will help you figure out the meanings of words you do not know, essentially growing your vocabulary. The more words you know, the more you can understand what you read. The more you understanding, the better you will do in school and in life.

Source: Jodi Owens-Kristenson

Reivew Your Notebook

Make sure you have listed the notes required from viewing the video.  As you read your self-selected book, use context clues to decide on meanings of words you do not know.  Write down those words and the page number upon which you found the word on the book mark provided.   Insert a post-it-note next to the sentence.  Think through the following:

1.  Identify the context clues.

2.  Make a guess as to the meaning.

3.  Check the meaning in context by reading the meaning in place of the word.  If it makes sense go to number 4.  If not, try a different meaning.

4.  Write the meaning on your bookmark.

Source: Jodi Owens-Kristenson