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1 PRACTICE Reading Reading Basics Making Inferences Relating Ideas Main Idea Supporting Details Word Meaning Drawing Conclusions Author’s Approach Cause and Effect Comparative Relationships Sequence WORD MEANING Copyright © 2012 Mary Kate Durkin and Chris Mikulskis

2 PRACTICE Reading WORD MEANING Copyright © 2012 Mary Kate Durkin and Chris Mikulskis Often, real-world texts don’t provide context clues, but rest assured, if an ACT question asks you to figure out what a word means, there will be clues in the passage to help you. You know the whole “context clues” procedure because you’ve been doing it for years. You don’t know what a word means so you dig around in the text for clues, other words that might help or at least get you close. The ACT may be a cruel thing, but not that cruel.

3 PRACTICE Reading WORD MEANING Copyright © 2012 Mary Kate Durkin and Chris Mikulskis Context clues are generally put into the following categories (check out the acronym below): G R A D E S General idea – overall ideas in the paragraph lead to word meaning Restatement—a word or short phrase after the word in question typically surrounded by commas Antonyms—opposite meaning of the word Definition—No need to explain the obvious, but a definition hint probably won’t be located in the same sentence as the unknown word Example—an example explaining the word, such as “Any form of plagiarism, including copying, sharing, or forging someone else’s work, will result in serious penalties” Synonyms—another word that means the same thing

4 PRACTICE Reading WORD MEANING Copyright © 2012 Mary Kate Durkin and Chris Mikulskis What do “word meaning” questions look like? As used in line 20, the word [“word”] most nearly means… In line 20, [“word”] implies that… It can be inferred that the author’s use of the word [“word”] in line 22 is meant to convey that… As it is used in the passage, the phrase [“quote”] refers to…

5 PRACTICE Reading WORD MEANING Copyright © 2012 Mary Kate Durkin and Chris Mikulskis Strategies to Win Word meaning questions refer back to the passage. You can likely answer them without reading the entire passage (though you need to read lines around the word). Be careful of words in the answer choices that are not PRECISE enough to be the correct answer. Know that often times, the correct answer is probably NOT the most obvious definition, especially if you already recognize the word. You probably can’t answer word meaning questions correctly without looking back at the passage. You may not recognize all of the words in the choices even if you know the likely meaning from the context. Narrow your choices down to as few options as possible and look at the root word.

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