Context Clues

Context clues are hints or definitions that a writer uses in the text to help the reader understand the meaning of new or unfamiliar words. These clues can appear within a sentence, a paragraph, or in other areas of a passage. Want to learn more about Context Clues? Here’s a refresher on the different types of context clues.

Peter’s Coal Mine

The Railway Children is the story of of an English family with three children named Peter, Phyllis, and Roberta. The mother and children move to a house near a railway, or railroad track, after the father has been put in prison. In this passage, the children and their mother have…

The Island Come True

Peter Pan is the story of a boy who did not want to grow up and his adventures in a magical place called Neverland. Many interesting people live in Neverland including some wicked pirates lead by Captain Hook, Peter’s biggest enemy. In this passage, Hook tells his bo’sun, or ship’s…

Castles in the Air

Little Women is the story of four sisters: Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth March. They are growing up during the American Civil War. They have become friends with the kind, but lonely, boy named Laurie who lives next door. ——————————————————- Laurie lay luxuriously swinging to and fro in his hammock…

“Hook or Me This Time”

Peter Pan is about a magical flying boy who takes his new friends  – Wendy, Michael, and John – to Neverland to have adventures. The children join the Lost Boys in the battles against the evil pirate Captain Hook and his crew. In this text section, Peter is going to…

Biography: Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. This biography begins when he worked in his printing business in Philadelphia. ———————– After one or two useless trips to England, Franklin settled down to the printing business in Philadelphia. He was the busiest man in town. Deborah,…

Primary Source: Is There a Santa Claus?

This editorial from The (New York City) Sun was first published in 1897. It is in response to a real letter received by the newspaper. —————————————- Is There a Santa Claus? We take pleasure in answering at once and thus prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our…

Calls

The March sisters in Little Women are growing up during the middle of the 1800s. At that time, there were no phones, email, or Internet. In order to keep up with friends, women made “calls,” or visits to each other’s houses. In this passage, younger sister Amy has convinced her…

Primary Source: The Titanic Is Sinking

RMS Titanic was an ocean liner built in 1912. One of the largest liners of the time, it had many modern design elements and luxury features. The Titanic began its maiden voyage, or first trip, on April 10, 1912 carrying over 2,300 passengers and crew. The ship was to travel…

Nana’s Garden

It was early spring and Nana was in the backyard with her grandchildren. Amy, Michael, and Justin were playing when Nana said, “I’m going to start planting my garden. Who wants to help me?” “What are going to plant, Nana?” asked Amy. “I like big, yellow sunflowers.” “I’m going to…

The Children Are Carried Off

In the novel Peter Pan, Peter’s main enemy is the pirate Captain Hook. Hook and Peter have a long history. The captain hates Peter for cutting off his hand and feeding it to a crocodile. Now the captain uses an iron hook for a hand. This passage explains Hook’s feelings…