Tag Archives: context clues/focus on one word

Squander (vt/vi)

Today is April 18. On this day in history in 1906, a massive earthquake hit San Francisco. It’s also the birthday of legendary American attorney Clarence Darrow.

Here is a context clues worksheet on the verb squander; it’s used both transitively and intransitively.

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.

Squeamish (adj.)

Today is April 16. It’s the birthday of Charlie Chaplin, basketball legend and all-around cool guy Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (whom I am old enough to have seen play once, in the fieldhouse at the University of Wisconsin), and comedian and actor Martin Lawrence. On this day in 1862, the United States Congress abolished slavery in the District of Columbia.

Here, on a Monday morning, is a context clues worksheet on the adjective squeamish.

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.

Controversy (n.)

Today is April 12th. On this day in 1934, Wendell Stephenson, Alexander McKenzie, and Salvatore Pagliuca observed and recorded wind gusts of 231 miles per hour at the Mount Washington, New Hampshire Observatory. These are the fastest winds ever recorded on earth. Also, today in 1861, General P.T Beauregard attacked Fort Sumter at Charleston, South Carolina in the first major engagement of the American Civil War. It’s the birthday of Al Bundy, (actor Ed O’Neill): he’s 72 today. I’m sure Peg has something special planned for him.

And here is a context clues worksheet on the noun controversy, which is a word high-schoolers really ought to know.

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.

Adage (n.)

OK, we’re back after a much-needed break. Despite thirty-one degree temperatures in Lower Manhattan this morning, it begins to look a lot like spring in New York City. Here is a context clues worksheet on the noun adage to kick off these last two months of the school year.

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.

Zealot (n)

Here, on a relatively warm Monday morning, is a context clues worksheet on the noun zealot. I wrote this, if memory serves, to attend a lesson on Maximilien Robespierre.

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.

Ruthless (adj)

Yesterday’s rain gave way to a bright, crisp and windy Wednesday morning here in Manhattan. I wish I weren’t in a windowless building at this hour.

Here is a context clues worksheet on the adjective ruthless. It’s a timely word, I think.

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.

Squalor (n), Squalid (adj)

It’s Regents testing week here in New York City, so I am on a “C” schedule; I’m not required at work until almost noon. If I could work a schedule like this all the time, I would be a perpetually happy camper.

Here are two context clues worksheets on the noun squalor and the adjective squalid.

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.