Using Context Clues

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What are Context Clues? Using the words surrounding the unknown word to help determine the unknown word's meaning. Most writers leave context clues as they write. It is our job as the reader to hunt them down.

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Created by: Ms. Neal of 4th Grade Virtual Classroom
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  1. Brea 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. A dispute is a __________.
  2. It’s 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. What does “distinct” mean?
  3. Mr. 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!” The word “extensive” means __________.
  4. Friendship is a priceless thing. If Chris put a price, or conditions, on her friendship, it’s no longer priceless. In fact, it’s not real friendship at all! If something is priceless, __________.
  5. The reporter insisted that the letter he used was authentic. He said that he had shown it to many experts before he used it in his story. When something is authentic, it’s __________.
  6. We have rather lofty expectations for you, son. You will attend college. You will become rich and famous. You will be elected president of the United States before you turn forty. Which word is a synonym of “lofty”?
  7. When Beth and Donna were fighting over a boy who didn’t like either one of them, Shana stepped in as a mediator. She sat them both in a corner and kept them talking to each other. Finally, Shana’s efforts resulted in her two friends making up. “Mediator” means ______________.
  8. No one suspected that Jerry was a spy. On the surface he behaved like any normal citizen. When his covert activity was discovered and announced to the world, we were all shocked. What does “covert” mean?
  9. I want you to weigh his words carefully. He seems sincere and presents his arguments well. There is, however, something that doesn’t quite ring true about the candidate. What does “weigh” mean in the context of the selection?
  10. Michael is an ardent supporter of his presidential candidate. That became obvious to me when I found out how much time he’s donated to the campaign. Perhaps Michael knows what he’s doing. What does “ardent” mean in the context of the selection?

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