Advancing01Vocabulary_in_Context

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Unformatted text preview: T EN S TEPS TO A DVANCING C OLLEGE R EADING S KILLS Fourth Edition John Langan 2008 Townsend Press Chapter One: Vocabulary in Context Do you know the meaning of the word ubiquitous ? Look at the sentence below and see if the context the words surrounding the unfamiliar word helps you figure out the meaning of the word. What does ubiquitous mean? A. unaffordable B. complicated C. widespread Cell phones have become ubiquitous ; you can see and hear them everywhere. Explanation If the phones are everywhere, they must be widespread . The context helps you figure out that ubiquitous means widespread. Cell phones have become ubiquitous ; you can see and hear them everywhere . What does ubiquitous mean? A. unaffordable B. complicated C. widespread Using context clues will help you by saving you time when reading adding to your vocabulary TYPES OF CONTEXT CLUES There are four common types of context clues: 1 Examples 2 Synonyms 3 Antonyms 4 General Sense of the Sentence or Passage TYPES OF CONTEXT CLUES Examples Look at the sentence below and see if the examples (shown in maroon ) help you understand the meaning of the word adversities . As they moved westward, early pioneers faced many adversities , such as scarce food , extreme weather , and loneliness . Adversities means A. criminals. B. decisions. C. hardships. The examples of adversities scarce food, extreme weather, loneliness help you understand that adversities means hardships. Explanation TYPES OF CONTEXT CLUES Examples As they moved westward, early pioneers faced many adversities , such as scarce food , extreme weather , and loneliness . Adversities means A. criminals. B. decisions. C. hardships. As they moved westward, early pioneers faced many adversities , such as scarce food, extreme weather, and loneliness. Examples are often introduced with signal words and phrases like for example, for instance, including, and such as . Example TYPES OF CONTEXT CLUES Examples Look at the sentences below and see if the examples help you understand the meaning of the word idiosyncrasy . Each of my coworkers has a strange idiosyncrasy . For instance, our receptionist wears only pink. The mail clerk always speaks in a whisper. And my office mate lives on peanuts and apples. Idiosyncrasy means A....
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