Point out that using context—a word’s use in a sentence—is what the student did to define the word eject. Then review the four ways to use context listed on page 316. Provide additional sentences for each type of context clue. Here are a few sentences to use:
- Malnutrition is a common problem with some elderly people, but poor nutrition is not their own health problem. (Poor nutrition is a synonym.)
- Jay’s excuse seemed credible to his mother but unbelievable to his father. (Unbelievable is an antonym.)
- My grandmother suffers from hydrophobia, which is a fear of water, so she never learned to swim. (A fear of water is a definition)
- The picnic table include a tray of sliced apples, pears, and kiwis. (The series suggests that they are all fruits.)
Also have students find and share other sentences containing context clues that help the reader understand a new word.