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The Dictionary (Ch. 4)
Review Context Clues
Topic (Ch. 6)
Vocabulary Assignment #2
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Context Clues Assignment
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Entryways Ch. 4
“The only place in which
success comes before work
is in the dictionary.”
In the previous chapter we learned all
about context clues. But sometimes we
encounter problems with words, for
There aren’t any context clues
Context alone isn’t enough or several
meanings are possible.
You need to understand the exact
meaning of a word
Three Important Dictionary
How to locate a word in a traditional
dictionary and an online one
How to interpret dictionary pronunciation
How to pick the right definition
Types of Dictionaries
Collegiate: designed for college students
Pocket: smaller and not as complete
Let’s look up
One way to find a given word in a dictionary is to
use guidewords—the pair of words at the very top
of each dictionary page.
Which word below would be found on
the dictionary page with the guidewords
Floral Flying Fleet
The dictionary entry will
1. Spelling and syllables
3. Part of speech
5. Synonyms or antonyms
(ĭn-trĭnʹzĭk) adjective. Relating or belonging to the
essential nature of a thing; inherent. Antonym: extrinsic.
Dictionary Scavenger Hunt
Read the instructions carefully.
You may work alone or with a partner.
When you are done, bring your paper to
Let’s Practice in the book
As time permits:
At 12:45 we will take a 5-minute break.
When you return, please pick up your
homework assignments, and we will
Let’s review the
Drive Ch. 1 & Context Clues
How difficult was the reading?
What about the summary?
Did you write notes in the margin
Did you make an outline?
Let’s go over the questions
Any questions on the context clues?
One of the very essential comprehension
skills for understanding a paragraph is
determining the topic.
In order to learn the clues to the topic,
you’ll use inductive reasoning to figure
What is inductive reasoning?
Using particular examples to reach a
general conclusion about something.
Without realizing this, you use inductive
reasoning constantly in your everyday life.
When you walk up to two friends that are
talking, and you listen for a minute, you
can figure out what they are saying,
Mike: Well it wasn’t difficult at all.
Brian: Yeah, even the two essay questions
Mike Uh-huh. I finished them, and I
actually had time to reread my answers.
Brian: Me, too, and the multiple choice
questions were really easy.
To determine the topic of a paragraph,
Who or what is this paragraph about.
Sometimes the answer will be obvious.
Authors often give clues to the topic.
Can be a single word, few words, phrase
Is not a sentence
Often repeated several times within a
May be seen in the title or heading
May appear in bold face or italic type
In order to be a successful student, it is
important that the student is organized. Being
organized includes using a planner and/or a
calendar. Next, a successful student needs to
attend all classes and arrive at least 5 minutes
early. Thirdly, a successful student must
complete all homework assignments. Finally,
a successful student must participate in class.
What is the topic of this paragraph?
Experts say that exercise is one of the best ways to
reduce stress, relax muscles, and promote a sense
of well-being. Most people find that they have
more energy when they exercise regularly. Make
exercise a daily habit and top priority in your life.
The topic of this sentence is
a. reducing stress
c. prioritizing your life
• What does “annotation” mean?
• “A critical or explanatory note or body of notes added to a
• For the sake of this class, annotation is adding notes to a text;
however, it also includes, highlighting, underlining, and using
• Annotating is a useful tool for improving reading
comprehension and for remembering the assigned text.
• Keep it simple. You are trying to connect with the reading in
some way. Use the tools that work best for you.
• Make the reading personal. Try to find some way to connect
with the material.
Step One: Circle unknown words. As you read, circle each word you come across that is
unfamiliar. You may need to come back and reread the sentences before and after the word to get
at the meaning of the word.
Step Two: Def Mark definitions. Underline, highlight or circle sentences that provide you
with a definition. It is useful to write "def" in the margin so you can locate the definition
Step Three: X Mark sentences that provide examples by marking an "X" next to the sentence.
Step Four: ? Make notes to yourself in the margins. As
you read, write any questions or comments that crop up in
your mind in the margin next to the passage
Step Four: Place a star next to important passages.
This is extremely helpful when taking a test that requires
you to read a passage, because the questions that follow
the reading will most likely refer back to these points.
Step Five: If you read something in the passage that
relates to something else, draw arrows.
Homework for Thursday
Entryways Ch. 3: Chapter Check pp. 48-
49; Review exercises pp. 50-54
Entryways Ch. 4 Chapter Check pp. 93;
Review exercises pp 94-98.
Vocabulary Assignment #2