6.3 Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Model

The chart below shows different types of context clues you might come across as you read.

Definitions Words such as means or is may signal a definition.

word: bicameral  The U.S. Congress is                                 bicameral, which                                 means it has two                                 chambers or houses.

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Examples Such as and other may signal examples.

word: obligations  Council members                                  have many                                 obligations, such as                                 going to meetings and                                 reading about laws.

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Restatements Look for signal words such as which is and or.

word: flawless  The insect’s camouflage                             was flawless, or perfect.

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Cause/Effect Relationships Because, so that, and in order to signal a cause/effect relationship.

word: surrender  The army had to                                surrender because                                the other side won.

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Comparisons Like, unlike, but, not, in contrast to, similar to, and in the same way signal a comparison in the text.

Word: ecstatic  Voters in this state were                              ecstatic about the result                              of the election, unlike                              the unhappy voters in                              the other states.

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