Try sofatutor for 30 Days

Discover why over 1.6 MILLION students choose sofatutor!

Context Clues: Defintions, Examples, or Restatements

Rating

Ø 3.7 / 3 ratings
The authors
Avatar
Team Digital
Context Clues: Defintions, Examples, or Restatements
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.4.4.A

Basics on the topic Context Clues: Defintions, Examples, or Restatements

Context Clues: Definitions, Examples & Restatements

When we read a difficult text with some unfamiliar words, we can use context clues to help determine their meaning.

Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph, or passage that help the reader with understanding new words.

25694_SEO-01.svg

The most common context clues are: definition context clue, example context clue, and restatement context clue.

Context Clues: Definitions

Sometimes the author gives the definition to a complex word inside the same sentence or in one of the following sentences, to make sure the reader understands what the text is about. For example:

Plants get energy through photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the process through which plants convert sunlight into energy.

The challenging word here is photosynthesis. The author provides a definition context clue by telling the meaning of photosynthesis in the next sentence.

When having a definition within a sentence, a definition context clue often uses commas or parentheses to show where the vocabulary word is defined:

Rafflesia (the world’s largest flower) can be found in Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia.

Rafflesia is a tricky word in this sentence. We can determine its meaning by looking at the definition in parentheses. Now we know that rafflesia is the world’s largest flower.

Context Clues: Examples

An author can give an example of an unfamiliar word to give the reader a connection to it. Here is an example of an example context clue:

Contrary to popular belief, spiders are not insects. They belong to the group of arachnids, together with scorpions, mites, and ticks.

The author gives examples of what arachnids are. This tells us that arachnids are a group of animals that includes spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks.

Context Clues: Restatement

Sometimes an author uses a context clue of restatement. It means that they restate the challenging word and say it in a different way. They can restate a group of words or a synonym. Here is one of the synonym restatement clue examples:

The elephant we saw in a safari park was enormous, bigger than all the other animals.

The author restates the word enormous, mentioning a synonym big in the same sentence. It helps us understand that enormous means very big.

Context Clues – Summary

Let’s review what we learned today about context clues.

We use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words in a text. Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph, or passage.

25694_SEO-02.svg

An author can provide the definition of the word within a sentence or in one of the following sentences. They can also give an example of a word to help the reader build a connection to it. The author can restate the word and say it in a different way.

Context Clues Definition Examples Restatement
explanation Authors can provide a definition to a complex word inside the sentence or in one of the following ones. An author can provide an example of an unfamiliar word to give the reader a connection to it. An author restates the challenging word by saying it in a different way or using synonyms.
example "We went to the Marine Museum to see gondolas, which are traditional Italian boats." "Most popular pets are mammals, such as cats, dogs, rabbits, and hamsters." "He was delighted. He had no idea he could be that happy."

Now you know how to deal with unfamiliar words in texts! If you want more practice and context clue examples of definition, example, or restatement, check out our video!

Frequently Asked Questions about Context Clues

What are context clues?
What is a definition context clue and its examples?
What is the meaning of an example context clue?
What is a restatement clue and the example of restatement clues?

Transcript Context Clues: Defintions, Examples, or Restatements

Koko and Pip are riding on a bus on their way to a camping excursion in the Outback. “I am so excited about this camping trip! I’ve always wanted to go to the Outback!” “Yes, this is going to be quite the adventure.” “Let’s do more research so we know what to expect.” Koko and Pip are reading about a topic they don't know a lot about and are coming across unfamiliar words. We can help them determine the meaning of these words by using… Context Clues: Definitions, Examples, or Restatements. Readers use strategies to help them understand difficult texts. When reading texts and coming across unfamiliar words, we use context clues to help determine the meaning. Context clues are hints found within a sentence, paragraph, or passage that help the reader with understanding new words. One type of context clue is when the author gives the definition of the word inside the sentence or in one of the following sentences. They can also give an example of an unfamiliar word to give the reader a connection to it... OR, they can restate the challenging word and say it in a different way. Using context clues makes us stronger readers by helping us learn new vocabulary. Let's read some of the information Koko found about the Outback. The Australian Outback is a vast and desolate region. Although it covers a large portion of the continent, very few people actually call this area home. The author uses the words vast and desolate to describe the Outback. To determine the meaning of these unfamiliar words, we can look to the next sentence for context clues. In this sentence, the author restates the meaning of the word VAST by saying it covers a large portion of the continent. This tells us that vast also means covering a large area. The sentence also says that very few people live there. This restates the meaning of desolate as an area that is deserted of people. Uluru is a natural landmark and the world's largest monolith. A monolith is a very large, upright piece of stone. The unfamiliar word is monolith. The author uses the definition context clue by telling the exact meaning of monolith in the next sentence. A monolith IS a very large, upright piece of stone. The Outback is home to many snakes and lizards that make themselves inconspicuous by blending in with their surroundings. The author describes the snakes and lizards as INCONSPICUOUS. How do we determine the meaning of this word? The author gives an example of what it means by saying they blend in with their surroundings. This tells us that inconspicuous means to hide yourself from being noticed. Let's practice using context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Nitmiluk Gorge is a deep gorge by the Katherine River. A gorge is a narrow valley between mountains with steep rocky walls and a running stream. What does gorge mean? It's a narrow valley between mountains with steep rocky walls and a running stream. The Outback is an arid, or dry region of Australia. What does arid mean? It's an area with a dry climate. The Outback has many types of vegetation such as trees, wildflowers, and grasses. What is vegetation? Vegetation means the types of plants that grow in an area. Koko and Pip look like they might be lost. While they stop for directions, let's review. Remember... When reading texts and coming across unfamiliar words, we use context clues to help determine the meaning. An author can give the definition of the word inside the sentence or in one of the following ones. They can give an example of an unfamiliar word to give the reader a connection to it. OR they can restate the challenging word and say it in a different way. "May I help you?" "Why does that ALWAYS happen?" "I just wanted to tell them to go THAT way."

1 comment
1 comment
  1. im a kindirgarden

    From Jniya Vincent, about 1 month ago

Context Clues: Defintions, Examples, or Restatements exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learned? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Context Clues: Defintions, Examples, or Restatements .
  • How do Koko and Pip use context clues to understand unfamiliar words while reading about the Outback?

    Hints

    Koko and Pip pay attention to how the sentences are structured.

    They look for clues within the sentences themselves.

    Instead of guessing, Koko and Pip actively seek out definitions, examples, or restatements of unfamiliar words within the text to aid their understanding.

    Solution

    To understand unfamiliar words while reading, they use strategies like looking for definitions, examples, or restatements in the sentences.

  • What context clues does the author provide to explain the meaning of the word "vast" as used to describe the Outback?

    Hints

    The author uses a synonym or restatement to help the reader understand the meaning of vast.

    The context clue for vast is related to the geographical description of the Outback.

    Pay attention to the information about how much of the continent it covers and use that to infer the meaning of vast.

    Solution

    The author restates the meaning of vast by saying it covers a large portion of the continent.

  • How does the author help the reader understand the word "inconspicuous" in the context of the snakes and lizards in the Outback?

    Hints

    The author provides a description of how the snakes and lizards behave.

    Focus on this behavioral aspect to decipher the meaning of inconspicuous.

    The author uses a specific example related to the appearance of the snakes and lizards.

    Think about how this example relates to the concept of being inconspicuous, especially in terms of blending in with their surroundings.

    Solution

    The author provides an example by stating that the snakes and lizards blend in with their surroundings, helping the reader understand that inconspicuous means to hide from being noticed.

  • If you were reading a passage about a "plateau" and the author said, "The plateau's flat surface extended for miles," how would you use context clues to understand the meaning of "plateau"?

    Hints

    Pay close attention to the characteristics or features described in the sentence.

    Look for words or phrases that provide details about the physical attributes of the plateau.

    Imagine the scene described in the sentence.

    Envision a flat surface extending for miles.

    How does this mental image align with the concept of a plateau?

    Solution

    Sometimes the author gives the definition to a complex word inside the same sentence or in one of the following sentences, to make sure the reader understands what the text is about.

    We need to look for the context clue that describes the flat surface extending for miles, indicating that a plateau is a flat elevated area.

  • What does arid mean?

    Hints

    Look for details about how the cactus copes with the challenging conditions of the arid environment.

    Understanding how the cactus survives provides a clue to the meaning of arid.

    Pay attention to the contrasting features described, such as the cactus's vibrant green color amid the arid landscape.

    This contrast provides a contextual clue to the meaning of arid.

    There are 2 correct answers.

    Solution

    By connecting the word arid to the description of the cactus and the desert environment, we understood that arid means a dry or waterless climate.

  • Use context clues to find the meaning of the unfamiliar word.

    Hints

    Consider the emotional state of the explorer in the sentence.

    Look for words or phrases that convey feelings or emotions, and use this emotional context to infer the meaning of trepidation.

    The author gave examples of the unfamiliar word to give the reader a connection to it.

    Solution

    We need to look for surrounding words or phrases that might give clues about the explorer's feelings, helping us understand that trepidation means a feeling of fear or anxiety.