Using Context Clues to Define Character Traits: Task Cards

Deb Hanson
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Learning Objective

Students will use context clues to determine the meaning of a character trait term.


Your students will have an opportunity to practice using context clues while also focusing on character traits. I created this product for my own students as a test preparation activity. This product contains 48 task cards.

The cards come in pairs. On each A card, students read a sentence and identify the meaning of the underlined word (which is a character trait) from a list of multiple choice answers. On each B card, students, identify which type of context clue they used to determine the meaning of the underlined word.

Students will practice using the following five types of context clues:






(Open the preview to see how these cards are arranged.)

Students read the task card and record their answers on the recording sheet. An answer sheet is included.

Your students will read 24 different character traits in the context of sentences. I used both positive and negative character traits. Some of the words include: ambitious, efficient, rational, tolerant, diligent, arrogant, deceitful, mischievous, boisterous, and cowardly.

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2. TpT Digital Activity- With this format, an interactive layer has been added to the original PDF!** This paperless version uses text boxes and drawing tools so that your students can complete it on a device. You can assign it to your students via Google Drive, and they can return it to you to review. Click on the Getting Started Guide to learn more about this version of the activity!

***If you would like to have a Google Slides and/or Google Forms version of this activity, click on these links to access the digital version.

The following products will provide your students additional opportunities to become familiar with the five types of context clues:

Context Clues Powerpoint

Context Clues Worksheet Packet focusing on the 5 types of clues

Context Clues Poster Set

Context Clues Magnifying Glass Craftivity

Context Clues Task Cards (includes gamelike answer sheet!)

Context Clues Foldable Craftivities and Worksheet (3 files)

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Total Pages
15 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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.
Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).


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