Context Clue Activities for Middle or High School

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Help your students learn how to decipher context clues! Understanding how to determine the meaning of an unknown word is essential to the Common Core. Struggling readers will particularly benefit from extra practice.

The attached zip file includes a PowerPoint presentation and two Word documents.

The PowerPoint presentation reviews 4 types of context clues: definition, synonym, antonym, and inference. There are practice sentences at the end of the presentation.

The two Word documents include 5 worksheets and an answer key. The worksheets include the following activities:

- Activity 1 (10 questions): Students determine the meaning of nonsense words using context clues. Students write the definitions of the words and highlight the clues in the sentence.

- Activity 2 (10 questions): A multiple-choice worksheet where students use context clues to choose the correct definition of upper-level vocabulary terms.

- Activity 3: Students write definitions of nonsense words and use them in sentences. Students' sentences need to include enough context clues so that a partner can correctly guess the definitions of the words.

- Activity 4 (10 questions) : Students determine the meaning of upper-level vocabulary terms using context clues. This is the same as Activity 1, but with real words.

- Activity 5: Students read 3 short passages that include nonsense words and use context clues to guess their meanings.

One challenge I have had is that sometimes, my students already know the meaning of words in context clue worksheets. Using nonsense words forces students to use the context clues instead of their prior knowledge. In the two worksheets that use real words, I tried to choose words that students in grades 7-10 would be unlikely to know.

All documents are editable in case you want to make adjustments to better fit your classroom!
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Context Clue Activities for Middle or High School
Context Clue Activities for Middle or High School
Context Clue Activities for Middle or High School
Context Clue Activities for Middle or High School