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Examining Nearby Words. Unfamiliar Words Sometimes a reader comes across a word that is unfamiliar. How does the reader figure it out? One method: Examine.

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1 Examining Nearby Words

2 Unfamiliar Words Sometimes a reader comes across a word that is unfamiliar. How does the reader figure it out? One method: Examine the words around the unfamiliar word and make a guess about the meaning

3 What is context? You may not know a word in a sentence, but its context, or words surrounding the unknown word, can help you out.

4 Word Attack Tip Consider the other words in the sentence. What clues do the other words give you about the unfamiliar word? The tormented lion roared in pain as he tried to escape from his brutal captors. The bolded words have a negative connotation. Tormented does not have a positive meaning.

5 Word Attack Tip Read the sentences before and after. Dinosaurs lived millions and millions years ago. They are now extinct. However, scientists study dinosaur’s fossils to learn about their lives when the massive creatures once roamed the Earth. Extinct means that a something no longer exists.

6 Examine nearby words What does deciphered mean in this sentence: Sherlock Holmes deciphered the mystery of the crook's identity by puzzling out the clues left behind at the scene of the crime. a)wrote b)forgot c)photographed d)discovered

7 Examine nearby words Sherlock Holmes deciphered the mystery of the crook's identity by puzzling out the clues left behind at the scene of the crime. a)wrote b)forgot c)photographed d)discovered

8 You may not know what “deciphered” means, but you may be able to put together that the following words: cluespuzzlingscene ?

9 cluespuzzlingscene discover ….are words that relate to a discovery.


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