Use Context Clues to Decipher Words
Readers use information from text to decipher unfamiliar words. They examine clues from the selection to define words and phrases. Context refers to the words that come before and after a word. Sometimes when an author is introducing a concept, she will use synonyms to help readers make connections. Sometimes when an author is introducing a concept, she will use antonyms to help readers make connections. Context may include a definition. Examples are often provided to give readers clues about a concept. Authors often help readers visualize story ideas with descriptive details. The picture painted by the author’s description may provide clues to an unfamiliar word.