Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure


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Applying what you know about U.S. history when you read a historical novel is an example of using _____.

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1. Breaking apart a word into its component parts is an example of using _____.

2. Looking at the words surrounding an unknown word to determine its meaning is an example of using _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are a number of ways to figure out the definition of an unfamiliar word without actually looking it up. This quiz asks you to recall some of these ways.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz is to assess your understanding of context clues and your ability to:

  • Recognize a phrase relating to context clues when given an example of it
  • Recognize what it means to break a word into its components
  • Understand what it means to look at words surrounding an unknown word to figure out its meaning
  • Recognize the term relating to words with the same prefix
  • Understand what can be helpful when trying to determine the meaning of an unknown word

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - draw from relevant information in the lesson on using context clues to construct meaning
  • Critical thinking - use this information to consider terms pertaining to constructing meaning when given definitions or examples
  • Information recall - remember the knowledge you've learned about constructing meaning
  • Knowledge application - use this knowledge to successfully answer questions relating to constructing meaning

Additional Learning

The lesson Constructing Meaning with Context Clues, Prior Knowledge & Word Structure covers the following objectives:

  • Learn the definition of prior knowledge
  • Explore the meaning of context clues
  • Define word structure