Context Clues

Text book writers usually know when they must use a word that will be new to their student readers. So they often include other words or phrases to help with the understanding of the new word. These words or phrases are referred to as context clues. They are built into the sentences around the difficult word. If you become more aware of the words around the difficult words you encounter in your reading, you will save your self many trips to the dictionary. You will be able to make logical guesses about the meanings of many words.

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Related Links

  • What are Context Clues This is a website that will explain the definition of context clues and explain strategies you may use to figure out a word that may be unfamiliar to you. It also has some examples that are very helpful.
  • Using Context Clues This section will help you review and strengthen your knowledge of using context clues. The exercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Determine your level of knowledge and then select an exercise from the lists below.
  • Kid's Lab Context Clues This website contains a tutorial and some examples that will help you understand how to use context clues.
  • Ed Helper Context Clues Quizzes This is website that will link you to the various quizzes that EdHelper has available to you. The quizzes will open in another window are you take them online. I think it is a fun way to test your knowledge.