Friday, July 5, 2024

Mastering Context Clues: Helping Any Reader Discover the Meaning of Unknown Words


This abode found on a sidewalk is a cute house.   

Authors like to assist   emerging readers. What they do is give hints to what a complex word is, or help the reader determine the meaning of a word.


An author will chose to help by one or more of the following ways:





·      Definition: An author sometimes give the definition in his or her own words that corresponds to one of the meanings of the words.


For instance: Donald Trump lugubrious tactics for getting attention is ignored by many people because he tells lies that are often ridiculous and makes some people sad for the state of American politics.  


·      Inference--The author gives the reader reasoning about the word after it's mentioned.


For instance: A Wifi signal has become ubiquitous in so many coffee shops that customers are surprised when they don't have it.  


·      Compare/Contrast--The author will create a comparison or contrast of a word that he/she thinks might help you to determine the word: 


For instance: Clouds are amorphous unlike skyscrapers on a city skyline that form distinctive human-made shapes made by engineers.


·      Logic: The writer uses logical information about what is already known about a word so the reader can guess the meaning.


For instance: Large birds like eagles and hawks have large claws so they can grab predators with them.  


 Context Cues Takeaway


One way for readers from children to seniors can recognize and comprehend challenging words is for  students to learn the different ways authors give clues to them. 


Readers can create better comprehension skills by learning about context cues. Additionally, writers who have knowledge about these essential tidbits of information will pen articles about complex subject-discipline topics so that a layperson can understand what they are reading.

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