5 TYPES OF CONTEXT CLUES Context Clues. The meaning of the unknown word is provided by a direct definition or explanation. Signals that a direct definition

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  • 5 TYPES OF CONTEXT CLUESContext Clues

  • The meaning of the unknown word is provided by a direct definition or explanation.

    Signals that a direct definition is being given include means, which is , is, which are

    Direct Definition Clue

  • Direct Definition Clue

    Example: A micrometer is an instrument used with a telescope or microscope for measuring small distances.

  • Direct Definition Clue

    Example: Crustacean means a crusted animal which has a stiff outer covering.

  • Synonym/Restatement Clue

    The meaning of a word can be acquired by examining a phrase that restates or paraphrases a preceding or following word.

    Signals that a restatement is being given include typographical clues such as commas, dashes, parentheses and word clues such as or, that is, in other words

  • Synonym/Restatement Clue

    Example: Many mackerel can be caught by seining, snaring with nets.

  • Synonym/Restatement Clue

    Example: A very important part of the cell is the nucleus, or control center of all cell activity.

  • Comparison Clue

    The meaning of a word can be determined when the word is likened or compared to a more familiar word.

    Signals that a comparison is being made include like, also, both, similarly, likewise, as well as, in comparison.

  • Comparison Clue

    Example: Ms. Kelly was known for her caustic remarks; likewise, Ms. Jones speaks harshly as well.

  • Contrast Clue

    The meaning of a word can be determined when the word is contrasted to a more familiar word.

  • Contrast Clue

    Signals that a contrast is being made include but, however, although, while, whereas, on the other hand, conversely, on the contrary, in contrast, instead.

  • Contrast Clue

    Example: Bobs quietness was in sharp contrast to Kens volubility.

  • Contrast Clue

    Example: Sally was a dull companion, but Martha was always a vivacious one.

  • Examples Clue

  • Examples Clue

    Example: Condiments, such as cinnamon, sugar, mustard, and pepper were once too expensive for most people.

  • Examples Clue

    Example: Rats and mice are among the most common rodents.

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