Mrs. V Hodge Podge
Context Clues
Mixed Bag

A figure of speech in which something non-human is given human characteristics.

What is personification?


Read the passage then answer the question Many people wear black as a sign of morning. In China the color for death is while. People in Turkey wear purple. But everywhere people follow special customs when someone dies. In this paragraph mourning means a. seeing dawn b. feeling sick c. showing joy d. showing sadness

d. showing sadness

Read the passage In his sophomore year of high school, Michael Jordan tried out for the varsity basketball team at Laney High School in Wilmington, North Carolina. But at five feet and eleven inches tall, the coach believed that Jordan was too short to play at that level, so Jordan was cut from the team. Jordan didn’t let this obstacle defeat him. In fact, it pushed him to work even harder. He trained vigorously and grew another four inches the following summer. When he finally made the varsity squad, Jordan averaged 25 points a game and went on to become one of the greatest basketball players in history. What is the theme of this story? A. If things get too hard just quit. B. You need to be short to be successful C. Michael Jorndan is an inspiration to all D. Never give up. Persistance pays off.
D. Never give up. Persistance pays off.

Read this passage Sam looked through the window at the city far below. The light came on informing all those on board to fasten their seat belts. They were about to land. Where was Sam?

In an airplane


A highly imaginative story with supernatural elements, like magic, super powers, or made-up creatures.

What is a fantasy?


Point of view when the narrator is a character in the story.

What is first person?

Read the passage then answer the question England has been ruled by monarchs for hundreds of years. The youngest was Henry VI, who became king at age one. Queen Victoria ruled the longest. In this paragraph a synonym for monarch would be: a. a type of butterfly b. rulers c. a queen d. children
b. rulers

It’s always a good idea to think about what you read, before you read the rest of it! Guess what will happen next!

What is predicting?

David through the yellow ball above his head and whacked it with the racket. The ball landed in the middle of the net 'Fault', said the umpire. What was David doing?
Playing Tennis

A story that is set in the past, which may contain fictional accounts of actual events.

What is historical Fiction?


Read the following passage and choose the author's purpose The Missing Pencil Matt was ready to do his homework. "I am going to ace my math test," he said. Matt opened up his math book and grabbed his notebook. "Uh oh," Matt said as he looked in his pencil case. His pencil was not there. "Where is my pencil?" Matt asked. "I need my pencil to do my homework." Matt looked in his book bag. His pencil was not there. Matt looked around his desk. He did not see his pencil. Matt looked at the floor. His pencil was nowhere to be found! "Mom, I cannot find my pencil," Matt yelled. Mom walked into his room and pointed to the mirror. She said, "Look over there." "What? My pencil is not over there," Matt said. When Matt looked in the mirror, he blushed. His pencil was behind his ear! Was the author's purpose to a) inform the reader on how to sharpen one's pencil b) persuade the reader to buy mechanical pencils c) entertain the reader with a story about a boy who lost his pencil

c) entertain the reader with a story about a boy who lost his pencil

Read the passage then answer the question Once a man checked out a book from a library. He neglected to return it. The book was finally returned by his great-grandson 145 years later. Although the fine came $2,264, the great grandson did not have to pay it. In this paragraph neglected means a. failed b. hurried c. borrowed d. remembered Double the value: What part of speech is the word neglected noun/ verb/ adjective/ adverb
a. failed/ verb

Mr. R was running late this morning. He had a meeting so he couldn’t get the classroom ready on time. His facial expression didn’t look happy. I think he might be frustrated. I can figure out how he is feeling by thinking about what I know and what happened to Mr. R!

What is making an inference?

Read this passage Josh woke up early on Saturday morning and looked outside the window. The sun was out and it was hot. His dad called to Josh and said, “It is a perfect day, don’t forget to bring a towel!” Josh grabbed a towel and they left the house. Where do you think Josh and his dad were going?
The pool

Which of the following is NOT a feature that can be found in nonfiction text? a) Headings that designate sections of text b) Bullets that indicate a list c) Factual information about a topic d) Conversations between characters

d) Conversations between characters


The underlying message or lesson that the author tries to convey.

What is the Theme of the story?


Read the passage then answer the question: Mustard doesn't originate in a jar. It starts out as tiny seeds. They are inside the leaves of the mustard plant. The seeds are dried and made into powder. The powder is mixed with water and spices. This makes a spread for sandwiches. In this paragraph originate means a. end b. continue c. begin d. heal Double the value: What part of speech is the word originate noun/ verb/ adjective/ adverb

c. begin/ verb


You can figure out the meaning of a word that you don’t know by reading the words and sentence/s around the unknown word. This is called using your ___________ ___________.

What is using context clues?


Lisa carefully examined the bug sitting on the leaf. She noticed that it had six legs and a hard shell. Lisa had never seen a bug like this before. She grabbed her magnifying glass and camera. What do you know about Lisa? A. She is helpful. B. She is afraid of bugs. C. She is very curious. D. She likes to play soccer.

C. She is very curious.


Read the passage. The Statue of Liberty was a gift from France for our 100th birthday. It was shipped to America in 350 pieces. America celebrates its independence on July 4th. Lady Liberty looks grand with her crown and torch. 

The first three sentences are one type of sentence and the last one is another type of sentence. Identify the sentence types.

The first three are facts and the last one is an opinion.


What is it called when you look in a book for proof to show why you might describ a character the way you do?

What is character trait TEXT EVIDENCE?


Read the passage then answer the question Purple dye was rare long ago. Since it was hard to get, it costs a lot. As a result purple became the imperial color. It was only used by kings and queens. In this paragraph imperial means a. royal b. special c. inside d. best Double the value: What part of speech is the word originate noun/ verb/ adjective/ adverb

a. royal/ adjective


Peter's parents bought a new carpet for the living room. Now, he has to take his shoes off when he enters the house. He's also not allowed to eat or drink in the living room any more. Peter's furry dog isn't allowed to play ball in there either. When his parents got the new carpet, there were lots of new rules. The main idea of this paragraph is: a. Peter cannot go in the living room. b. Peter's parents don't like the carpet. c. Peter likes to make a mess. d. Peter's parents made new rules so the new carpet stays clean.

d. Peter's parents made new rules so the new carpet stays clean.

Abbie has her backpack on her bed. She is packing for a trip. She lays out a waterproof jacket and rain hat, extra socks, a flashlight, compass, binoculars, and water bottle. She hunts for extra batteries and decides to bring her camera. She checks on her sleeping bag and helps her parents bring out the tent. Where are Abbie and her parents are going?

He is as quiet as a mouse. This is an example of what type of figurative language?

What is a simile?