Educator Resources for Context Clues

You’re reading a book, when all of a sudden you come across a word you don’t know. You *could* look it up in a dictionary, but it’s in the other room, and besides, dictionaries are heavy. Instead, you can use the word’s context--that is, the meanings of the words that surround it--to deduce the mystery meaning. In this BrainPOP movie, you’ll learn to use context clues to figure out unfamiliar words. Learn how to look for synonyms of the unfamiliar word in surrounding sentences. Or find antonyms that'll help you define the word by its opposite. Finally, learn to keep an eye out for false cognates--tricky words that sound like other words, but have completely different meanings! So ditch the dictionary, and click on this movie instead!

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