The ABC's of Solving Analogies

The ABC's of Solving Analogies
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Are your upper level students challenged by analogies? Are they facing national exams or private-school entrance exams which require solving analogies? These 26 tips can be used as the basis for individual mini-lessons, as a wall poster, or as a review of important solution strategies. Here are a few examples:


Common analogy patterns you may see are worker to tool used, cause and effect, age, gender, synonym/antonym, function or use, group and member.

Make a full sentence using the given pair. Then, remove the given pair and insert each answer pair until you have an exact match.

Since a relationship must exist between the given pair words, you must be prepared to consider all possible meanings of the given words.


These and the other 23 gentle tips can serve as a ready reference for students facing analogy questions on national or state tests. Combined with plenty of practice, these hints can help your students become more skilled at solving these verbal relationships.

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