Isolate (vt), Isolation (n), Isolationism (n)

It’s the time of year that the global studies class in which I am co-teacher studies the succession of Chinese dynasties. This unit necessitates a discussion of isolationism. My co-teacher asked me to prepare a context clues worksheet on the term, so I did. I think it’s necessary when teaching this word to begin with the verb isolate. This is one of those tricky polysemous words that has a different general meaning than say, in biology, chemistry, or even linguistics.

If you want your students to understand isolationism as a political and diplomatic term, then you might find useful these three context clues worksheets that begin with the verb isolate (and include the nouns isolation and isolationism). Also, here is a lexicon for these words for your class linguist.

If you find typos in these documents, 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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