Context Clues. When you read, you may encounter unfamiliar words, often you can use context clues (the words around the unfamiliar word) to figure out

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  • Context CluesWhen you read, you may encounter unfamiliar words, often you can use context clues (the words around the unfamiliar word) to figure out the meaning of these words.

  • 1. Synonyms Same MeaningEx- Connies glum expression mirrored her gloomy mood.

  • 2. Antonyms Opposite MeaningEx- The house had a sinister quality, but its owners appeared good and kind.

  • 3. Definition

    Ex- An excerpt is a short section that is taken from a longer piece of writing.

  • 4. Restatement To state againEx- The exterior, or outside, of the home had signs of decay.

  • 5. Examples within the sentenceEx- A catastrophe, such as an earthquake or a flood, can cause widespread destruction

  • Practice 1Some people think of jogging as recreation, but to others, it is hard work.

  • Answer Choices Practice 1PlayDifficultyDutySuccess


  • Practice 2The dog looked sad and forlorn as it searched for its master.

  • Answer Choices Practice 2NaughtyCleaverMiserableCurious


  • Practice 3Brea and Elizabeth are having a dispute over which radio station to play at work. It would be so much simpler if they both liked the same kind of music.

  • Answer Choices Practice 3Musical instrumentChoice of musicDiscoveryDisagreement


  • Practice 4Its a wonder to me how anyone can still be undecided about this election. These two candidates are certainly distinct. Each would lead our nation in opposite directions.

  • Answer Choices Practice 4Needing a bathDishonestClearly differentAbout the same age


  • Practice 5Mr. Huge was very proud of his auto superstore. We have such an extensive selection of cars, he said, so everyone should find a vehicle that he or she will love!

  • Answer Choices Practice 5Costing a lot of moneyLarge amountHaving no colorNot enough


  • Practice write your own definition of the underlined wordsUsually, I dont like to speculate, the antique dealer said. But at first glance Id guess that this silver bowl dates back to the 1700s. The workmanship is exquisite. Ive never seen anything quite like it. Id have to examine it more closely, of course, but its probably worth about $50,000.The woman tried to act nonchalant. Thats very interesting, she said coolly, as if she didnt care. I recognized its beauty myself, but I didnt realize it was so old.

  • Practice write your own definition of the underlined wordsThe Sun Reporter: Jamie, you are quite an enterprising young man. There aren't too many other fifth graders who have the energy and daring to start their own business. What makes you so unique?Jamie Edwards: I dont think Im that different from other children my age. However, I do have a lot of enthusiasm, or eagerness, to succeed. I think thats really important because running a business is a challenge.


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