Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

  1. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
    1. Use context (e.g., the overall meaning of a sentence or paragraph; a word’s position or function in a sentence) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
    1. Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
8.3 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use
Lesson B

Use Context Clues

Context clues can help you figure out the meaning of a word or phrase you don’t know. These clues can be found in the words and sentences surrounding the unknown word or phrase.

There are many kinds of context clues readers can look for when trying to figure out unfamiliar text. Click these links to see models of different types of context clues:

When you are trying to figure out an unfamiliar word, you can look at its function in the sentence or at the meaning of the sentence as a whole. If the sentence is part of a paragraph, you can use the overall meaning of the paragraph as a context clue.

Click the links below. Start with Sentence Context.