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.

The Pet Store

“Jackie, would you like to come to the post office?” Mom asked.  “Yes, please!” said Jackie. The post office was next door to the pet store. Jackie loved to go to the pet store to see the animals. “Can we see the pets?” “Yes,” said Mom. “I knew you would…

Fellow-Passengers

In 1879 famed Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson traveled by ship across the Atlantic to New York, then by train to San Francisco. He wrote of his travels in his book Across the Plains. In this passage he reflects on the other passengers on the train. ———————————————– I had by…

Tender Troubles

In Little Women, the four March sisters grow up during the middle of the 1800s. As this passage opens, the eldest sister, Meg, is married with twin babies. The youngest sister, Amy, is in Europe with her aunt and uncle. That leaves Jo and Beth at home. Mrs. March, or…

My Boy

My name is Scooter. I have blond hair and brown eyes. I’m eight years old. I’m also a dog. I walk on four feet and wear a blue collar. I have a boy who takes care of me. His name is Joe. Most days, Joe wakes up early and goes…

A Good Place to Hide

Jamie was daydreaming about becoming a detective when he nearly ran into Petra who came bursting out of her apartment.  “Jamie! Help! Tia’s gone!” Petra said.  “Oh no!” Jamie followed Petra inside.  “Look,” Petra pointed at her hamster’s cage. “I didn’t shut it completely.” A tear trickled down her cheek.…

The Lady Librarians of the 1930s

Nan Collins shivered, wrapping her wool scarf around her neck more tightly. She adjusted the angle of her brimmed hat, tilting it to better protect her against the misty rain that seems to hover this morning in the cold mountain air. With a cluck of her tongue and a gentle…

The Wild Parks and Forest Reservations of the West

John Muir wrote a series of essays on the U.S. national parks. A noted naturalist, his essays were published in 1901. Muir was the founder of the Sierra Club which organized in 1892. He would come to be known as “the Father of the National Parks.” The Muir Woods near…

Going to the Big City

Jerry was excited as the taxi hurtled its way through the city streets. He’d never been in a taxi before, and this one was yellow and black with a TV screen in it. The driver didn’t say much, but he was probably concentrating, because he was going so fast! He…

Sophie’s Nap

Sophie plays with her new kitten. The kitten is little and black. The kitten loves to play. Sophie loves to play. They play all day.  Mom said, “It is time for your nap.” “No!” Sophie said “I do not want to take a nap!” “Yes,” Mom said. “Go to bed.…

Anne’s Bringing-up Is Begun

Anne Shirley is a young orphan girl who has been sent by mistake to live with Marilla and Matthew Cuthbert. The Cuthberts are brother and sister, and they had wanted a boy orphan to help on their farm called Green Gables. Anne, however, is quite charming and fun, and the…