Tag Archives: context clues/focus on one word

Delegate (n/vi/vt)

Here are a pair of worksheets on delegate as a noun and a verb. As a verb it is used both intransitively and transitively–and the stress shifts to the penultimate vowel a–as in delegate, like the thing you walk through to enter a zoo or park.

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A Complete Lesson Plan on the Latin Word Root Cred

Before I move on to other things today, here is a lesson plan on the Latin word root cred, which means believe. Other than to observe that this is an extremely productive root in English, and forms the basis of words we use pretty much constantly, I won’t belabor the point, even though, in fact, I just did.

Anyway, I open this lesson with this context clues worksheet on the noun tenet. Finally, here is the word root worksheet that is the centerpiece of this lesson.

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Credential (n)

At this moment, in this nation, we currently bear witness people without any brief or expertise in a given subject nonetheless speaking with grotesquely misplaced confidence in their own genius. There is a word for this: bloviating. There is also a term of art to describe it: epistemic trespassing.

In any case, now seems like just about the perfect moment to publish this context clues worksheet on the noun credential. Please do keep in mind that the Latin word root cred means believe. When someone possesses a credential from a reputable (credible, if you like) education institution, that means they are someone we can believe, rather than a political hack with a big mouth and few brains. If you are interested in going a bit further with this with your students, here is a worksheet on the Latin word root cred itself.

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Counterpart (n)

Here is a context clues worksheet on the noun counterpart which is in common enough use that students ought to know it before they leave high school.

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Contraption (n)

Here is a context clues worksheet on the noun contraption. Kids who have been read to as children very likely have heard and therefore understand this word; kids who haven’t enjoyed the benefits of nightly story time, and English language learners, probably have not. In any case, it is a word in common enough use in English that kids ought to know it.

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Corporation (n)

Here is a context clues worksheet on the noun corporation. It is more important than ever that students understand this word and the deep concepts it represents, particularly in business. The essential question about this word is simple: are corporations people? The historical background of that question, I would argue, could drive a semester’s worth of deep conceptual social studies work.

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Deduce (vt)

Alright, here is a context clues worksheet on the verb deduce, which is only used transitively. Without getting into a major discussion on the validity of deduction as a means of analysis and cognition, I will say that I consider it inarguable that high school students should know this word and the concept it represents.

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