Strong readers make their living using this skill. Reading in the sense of context produces students that score very high on the SAT Verbal exam. When you come across you are not familiar with a good strategy to use to understand the meaning of the word is to look for context clues. These clues may appear in the very same sentence or the sentence that follows. At the very least if you are attentive to what is going on in the sentence that follows; you will often be able to determine the meaning of the word. Below you will find many different types of worksheet series that work on understanding words via the context they are set in.
Advanced Context Clues - For the upper level students. The goal here is to not only understand the new word, but to use that word in new instance. This demonstrates a much higher level of understanding.
Context Based Words and Phrases - This is when you are short on context. It requires you to look at everything that is available to you.
Context Word and Phrase Meanings - This helps you spot that word that might help you find meaning. Many of the activities that you are working on here require you to write with a great deal of insight.
Define Words and Phrases From Context Clues - You will find these type of challenges on high stakes tests. This is vital skill that students need to practice often.
Grade 7 Context Clues - Specifically written for middle level students. These worksheets focus on vocabulary that is part of that curriculum.
Inferred Word Meanings - When you have some evidence to work off of. The collection of new vocabulary found here is often completely new.
Paragraph Based Context Clues - When you have a larger body of text to work with, this will help you find meaning. This gets kids in the habit of using everything that is given.
Personification In Context - How to draw the human qualities out of the inanimate. Most of the worksheets here focus on human contextual meanings.
Sentence Based Context Clues Grade 1 - This is usually the first-time students see this skill. I would take my time here.
Sentence Level Context Clues Grade 2 - This is step two of the progression with this work. Kids are getting more comfortable with spotting this and using it.
Sentence-level Context Clues Grade 3 - Students should be pretty proficient with this skill by the end of this section.
Understanding Text Based Vocabulary - We start to come across unknown words while we are reading. I would encourage students to underline or circle anything that escapes them.
Understanding Unknown Words in a Text - This gives you a general approach to take with them. We provide you with a simple, but effective strategy to tackle this.
Understanding Unknown Reading Words - Once again, we help students develop a basic strategy to follow. We also explore a new means to increase our level of understanding.
Unfamiliar and Out Of Context Words - You come across words that are just alien to you. It is important to be able to recognize when using context does not apply to a situation.
Using Context Clues To Infer Phrase Meaning - Believe or not, phrases are usually easier to tackle than words. Students will begin to get the hang of that.
Using Context For Confirmation - When you have a good idea what something means, but are not fully certain you can confirm that using this simple method.
Using Context To Determine Word Meanings - A very general way to go about it. This may require you to read it several times.
Words and Phrases in Context - Spot them and use them.
Word and Phrase Meaning - How you find out just what that means.
Word Meanings From Context Phrases - Use many words to determine what the few mean.
Word Position or Function As Context Clues - Sometimes how a word or phrase is positioned in a sentence will lead you to determine the meaning of the word.
Understanding Words - Break apart and reveal the hidden meaning of words in the historic passage about Great Britain.
Using Sentences - Read each sentence. Decide what the word means based on clues from the sentence or knowledge you already have. Then explain what it was that helped you find the meaning of the word.
Dinosaurs and Birds - Read the passage. Match each bold word to its synonym and write its letter on the line.
How Close? - Circle the letter of the word that most closely matches the underline word in the sentence.
Capitalism - Read the passage. Then circle the best meaning for each bold word.
Answer Keys - These are the answer keys to worksheets posted above.
Give It Meaning - Read the passage. For each bold word, use the context clues or words that surround it to find the meaning.
Deciphering - These may require you to read them several times to see what they mean.
Word Scrooge - Read the passage from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens. Determine the meaning of the bolded words.
Meaning in Context - These are some pretty wordy words you are working with.
Middle Ages - We explore a little bit about King Arthur's Court and on understanding the language that is used.
What's Bold? - Decide what the bold word means based on clues from the sentence or knowledge you already have.
White Fang - A look at a classical work and the words that have helped the experience.
Word Switch - Which of the words means something very similar to the words in the sentence?
For Meaning - What has similar meaning to it all.
I Mean... - Write what you think the word means on the line.
Long Passages - Read the passage. What do the bolded words mean?
Sentence Level - Read each sentence. Decide what the word means based on clues from the sentence or knowledge you already have. Then explain what it was that helped you find the meaning of the word.
Synonym Match - Read the passage. Match each bold word to its synonym and write its letter on the line.
Know It? - Read each sentence. Decide what the word means based on clues from the sentence or knowledge you already have. Circle the letter of the word that most closely matches the underline word in the sentence.
Bold Meaning - You will breakdown words buried in a sizable reading passage.
My Reads - Read the assigned text. As you read, write down the words that you don't know the meaning of. Then guess what?
Figure It Out - Circle the letter of the word that most closely matches the underline word in the sentence.
Classic Works - Read the passage from The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane. Determine the meaning of the bolded words.
What the Meaning? - The look at some thoughts from the work "A Tale of Two Cities".
In Action - Use your knowledge of this skill to really get after it.
What Helps? - You will explain what it was that helped you find the meaning of the word.
Drawing Thoughts - The passage below is from The Practice and Science of Drawing by Harold Bloom.
The Underlines - Circle the word that is similar to it in meaning.
One Sentence - Take a match from one sentence and make two from it.
Reasons For It - Write down what you think each word means and why you think that.
2nd Grade Level - Students complete grade level appropriate sentences.
3rd Grade Level - For each subsequent worksheet we adjust the grammar and mechanics level.
4th Grade - This time you are asked what you think the word in bold means.
5th Grade - Circle the letter of the word that most closely matches the underline word in the sentence.
6th Grade - This is a reading passage level activity.
7th Grade - Determine the meaning of the bold word.
Holes in the Story - You are given a very large reading passage with many missing words. You decide what to terms belong in each slot.
Mark Twain - Read a passage written by the great author and make sense of terms in his work.
Classic - Make sense of the terms in this classic passage.
Surrondings - Use everything else found in the sentence to determine what each term means.
Working the Text - This is a nice organizer to help students make sense of an in-class book.
Similar Meaning - Pick a word that is synonymus with the bolded word.
Take Two - This is another version of the previous worksheet.
Assigned Text - A very simple worksheet to help you with what you decide to read.
Workthrough - This is helpful when exploring example sentences.