Context Clues. When you come to a word you do not understand look at the words surrounding to help give you clues to the unknown word. Underline context

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  • Context Clues

  • When you come to a word you do not understand look at the words surrounding to help give you clues to the unknown word. Underline context clues and circle the unknown word.

  • Figurative Language

  • When something is said that does not really mean what the words are telling youSimile and MetaphorComparing two unlike things that should not go together

  • Multiple Meaning Words

  • Words that can have two different meanings. The same word can be used in different ways.WatchColdBatAny other ideas???

  • Prefix


  • Letters that come before a word to change its meaning

  • Suffix


  • Letters that come after a word to change its meaning

  • Main Idea

  • When reading the passage what the main idea is the one that is continuously focused on throughout the passage. The whole passage is based on this one idea.

  • Supporting Details

  • Supporting details are statements that help us understand the main idea.They are throughout the passage always directly relating to the main idea.

  • Summary

  • Must have statements from the Beginning, Middle, and End of the passage.Make sure when selecting the correct summary that there are statements from the whole story not just one part.

  • Characters

  • People in the passage, can be fictional or realWho the action happens to in the passage

  • Character Traits

  • Things about the character that help to describe who the character is.Also shows us how the character will respond in different situations.Traits can be external (looks) or internal (how a person feels)

  • Story Plot

  • The who, what, why, when, where, how of the passageWhat happens in the passage.

  • Setting

  • Where the story takes placeCan be more than one place in one passage.

  • Problem andResolution

  • Problem some sort of conflict between two characters or just the main idea of the passage. The climax in the passageResolution When the characters in the passage or main idea has been finished or come to an end. Is the falling action in the passage.

  • Cause andEffect

  • When something happens that is directly linked to something else.Cause leads to an effectWhen the boy won the race he received a trophy.Any more ideas?????

  • Sequence of Events

  • The order in which things happen in the passage.Chronological order, time order, putting things in order of what happened first to what happened lastHistory is in chronological orderKey words first, second, lastly, finally, next, then, followed by

  • Similarities

  • When comparing two items and you find things that are in common in bothVenn Diagram

  • Differences

  • When comparing two things and you find things that are not the same in both, things that are not in commonVenn Diagram

  • GraphicOrganizers

  • Ways of organizing information so that it makes sense and is easier to understandVenn Diagram, Outline, timeline, sequence boxes, spider web

  • Logical Answer

  • When answering questions make sure that which answer choice you choose makes sense. The answer will be in the passage, dont pick one that is not there.Remember the characters and if they would really do what you are choosing.Use what you already know from the passage, dont make up answers

  • AuthorsPurposeWHY??WHY??WHY??WHY??WHY??WHY??WHY??WHY??WHY??WHY??

  • Why the author is writing the passageTo entertainTo persuadeTo informTo express

  • Classifythe Passage

  • What type of passage will you be reading.Newspaper, Magazine, composition, poem, story, biography, autobiographyCan you think of more?????

  • Point ofView

  • Who is telling the story???First Person the main character is telling the story from they way they see thingsDepending on the type of passage there could be many different points of view

  • Inference

  • Putting the clues together that are in the story to make a conclusion about what will happen.The answer is not written word for word in the passage, you have to use what you have read to make the correct choiceUse the evidence in the story to make a conclusion


  • Fact true, can actually find it somewhereLuke is in the third gradeOpinion something that is not based on fact, can not be proven.I really love jolly ranchers.

  • ConnectCompareContrast

  • Using the text (words) to help define what things have in commonConnect taking what is written and finding how it relates to something else in the passageConnect taking what is written and seeing what you can compare it to in your own life

  • BackgroundKnowledge

  • What you know from the life you have livedIs different with every person, each person has different experiences and have been through different events in their lives

  • Genre

  • What type of story is it???Fiction, non-fiction, fable, tall tale, poem, biography, autobiography, historical fiction..