Using Context Clues Worksheets

What are Context Clues?

Authors use context clues as hints to define a complicated or unusual word. You can find such clues in the same sentences as the words of its reference. In a preceding sentence you may follow it. You can also get most of the vocabulary through your reading habit. In the end, you will recognize its importance and leverage the benefit of all context clues you have given to them. They take on several different forms. Synonyms - It is a word's same meaning that Authors use in the sentence or story. For example, the synonym of fallacious is misleading or wrong. Antonyms - it is a word opposite to another word. For example, hardly is an antonym of loquacious. Explanation - Authors have to explain unknown words within a sentence or in a sentence instantly preceding. For example, for more than a short time, Jennifer needs medication that helps her to stay awake as she is so somnolent. Example - Authors use specific examples to define what they want to convey. For example, predictable laws govern Celestial bodies such as stars, moons, and stars. How to describe context clues? The authors can define context clues in three ways. Semantics - Authors also call them meaning clues. If your story is based on cats, the reader will expect to read words such as the tail, purr, whisker, scratch. Syntactics - We can also call them word order clue. You will know which word of parts of speech is missing. It can be a verb. Pictures - Authors consider different illustrations at an early age where picture clues help them. It helps them to identify the exact word.

Definitions by Context

We all watched the newscaster interview the famous politician on live television. In this sentence, the word interview means: ...

Worksheet 2

Students determine the meaning of words by studying their context.

What Does It Mean?

Example: Most tourists visit the coastal area, which has a mild and pleasant climate. In this sentence, the word climate means:

That Means...

All the words we explore here have dual purposes.

In Mid-use

All of the words that are pointed out here have many different angles to come from.

Carry Out

Carefully read the sentences below. Use the other words in the sentence to help you figure out the definition of the underlined word. Then, choose the correct answer from a, b or c.

Thick Sentences

What Does the Underlined Word Mean?

Super Close

These elements have matched up to find a very similar set up.

Piece It Together

What is the purpose of that underlined word?


Finish up this section strong with a series of last minute choices to examine.

How to Identify Context

Context is anything that has a concept or understanding. For instance, if you have a text or paragraph, there is a context of what the writer is trying to portray. As a reader, you need to understand the context of what the text is saying. In two different texts, exists two different contexts; but it may include similar words as well. Let’s take two examples: 1. The goal is to achieve something big. 2. The soccer player scored a goal at the last second. Now, the word goal is used in both sentences; but the contexts are different.