Utility (n)

I can’t remember now why I wrote this context clues worksheet on the noun utility. Over the years, I’ve come to dislike intensely the verb utilize as a piece of bureaucratic jargon, so perhaps I wanted students to understand that when they see or hear that verb in action, they will understand it means to use. One of the meanings of utility, after all, is “fitness for some purpose or worth to some end” and “something useful or designed for use.”

However, utility, in this context clues worksheet, refers to its use in describing “a PUBLIC UTILITY, a service (as light, power, or water) provided by a public utility.” This is one of those polysemous words that I’m still working on a way of teaching with the least amount of time and effort, but that still helps students understand both the meanings of the word as well as an understanding of the concept of polysemy–and why it is often a challenge to building an academic vocabulary.

If you find typos in this document, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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