Learning Vocabulary
with…
Context Clues!
What are context clues?
 Context

Clues are hints that the author
gives to help define a difficult or
unusual word. The c...
Jabberwocky
‘Twas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome...
Find the words you don’t know.
‘Twas brillig and the
slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble
in the wabe:
All mimsy were the
boro...
Using context clues, define the words.

 Brillig
 Gimble
 Mimsy
Now, apply your skills to a real reading
situation.
 “I

looked at John’s face and began to
realize it was he who had sta...
Apply what you’ve learned.
 Based

on context clues, what do you
think prevarication means?
Actual definition of “prevaricate”

 Prevaricate

- to speak falsely or
misleadingly; deliberately misstate or
create an ...
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Context clues

  1. 1. Learning Vocabulary with… Context Clues!
  2. 2. What are context clues?  Context Clues are hints that the author gives to help define a difficult or unusual word. The clue may appear within the same sentence as the word to which it refers, or it may be in a preceding or subsequent sentence.  College Reading Skills Program
  3. 3. Jabberwocky ‘Twas brillig and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. -Lewis Carroll
  4. 4. Find the words you don’t know. ‘Twas brillig and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogoves, And the mome raths outgrabe. -Lewis Carroll  Brillig  Gimble  mimsy
  5. 5. Using context clues, define the words.  Brillig  Gimble  Mimsy
  6. 6. Now, apply your skills to a real reading situation.  “I looked at John’s face and began to realize it was he who had started me telling all these prevarications. John has made an art out of it. He prevaricates just for prevaricating’s sake…His own life is so boring when measured against his daydreams, that he can’t stand it, so he makes up things to pretend it’s exciting.” Paul Zindel, The Pigman
  7. 7. Apply what you’ve learned.  Based on context clues, what do you think prevarication means?
  8. 8. Actual definition of “prevaricate”  Prevaricate - to speak falsely or misleadingly; deliberately misstate or create an incorrect impression; lie.  www.dictionary.com
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