Context Clues Vocabulary Bundle- SAT + Close Reading Practice for ELA

Bespoke ELA
Grade Levels
9th - 12th
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This bundle targets the five different types of context clues: definition, synonym, antonym, inference, and punctuation. Students will practice each type of context clue using SAT-style sentence completions. They will then complete a close reading of The Declaration of Independence plus a close reading of an excerpt from the novel Middlemarch using context clues to decipher the meaning of unknown words and phrases.

Here is what is included in this bundle:

Context Clues Bundle by Bespoke ELA

  1. Teacher Page
  2. Types of Context Clues Doodle Notes
  3. Context Clues Power Point
  4. Definition/ Explanation Clues— Practice
  5. Restatement/ Synonym Clues Practice
  6. Contrast/ Antonym Clues— Practice
  7. Inference Context Clues— Practice
  8. Punctuation Context Clues— Practice
  9. Reading Strategy: Identifying as Positive, Negative, or Neutral
  10. Context Clues Close Reading Passage #1
  11. Student Sample
  12. Context Clues Close Reading Passage #2
  13. Student Sample
  14. SAT Context Clues Practice
  15. Context Clues Group Challenge
  16. SAT Word List
  17. Context Clues Bookmarks

This bundle is a great way to target the following standards and skills:

Common Core Standards
R1, 4-5, 10-11 L 4, 6

Learning Targets

  • To decipher the tone of unknown words
  • To use context clues to decipher new vocabulary words
  • To practice SAT sentence completion questions
  • To use context clues to apply process of elimination
  • To close read nonfiction and literary passages with context clues to decipher new words

Students can use these skills throughout the year to help them decipher the meaning of new words in context.


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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Verify the preliminary determination of the meaning of a word or phrase (e.g., by checking the inferred meaning in context or in a dictionary).
Acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases sufficient for reading, writing, speaking, and listening at the college and career readiness level; demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to comprehension or expression.
Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Apply knowledge of language to understand how language functions in different contexts, to make effective choices for meaning or style, and to comprehend more fully when reading or listening.


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