Many words have multiple meanings. Looking a word up in the dictionary is not the best choice because of the multiple meaning issue in the English language. Your child may then actually be more confused because the first dictionary definition may not fit into the sentence they were reading from their book. Context clues are now considered the first option for clarifying reading comprehension.
In addition, this skill is going to be prominently covered in the new Common Core Standards and the PARC assessments that will begin in the majority of the states starting in 2014. Students will not only be asked to be able to find the best answer in a multiple choice test as they were previously, they will also be asked to back it will proof from the passage. Therefore this is an important skill to cover with your child at home to prep them for these changes and help them understand context clues.
Article By Laura VanHellemont
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