What are context clues?
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
‘Twas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.
Find the words you don’t know.
‘Twas brillig and the
Did gyre and gimble
in the wabe:
All mimsy were the
And the mome raths
Using context clues, define the words.
Now, apply your skills to a real reading
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
Apply what you’ve learned.
on context clues, what do you
think prevarication means?
Actual definition of “prevaricate”
- to speak falsely or
misleadingly; deliberately misstate or
create an incorrect impression; lie.
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