Signal words tell you what’s coming and what to watch for as well as what you already have read. They may signal a list, summary, comparison/contrast, detail, main idea, beginning, or ending.
Watch for signal words as you skim or scan will immediately focus your attention or “signal” you to make note of the information to follow.
Listed below and on the next page are some signal words and their “meanings.”
Use context clues that improve reading ability.
Read on-more is coming
many a key feature
for one thing in addition
thus as a result
finally in summary
in conclusion noteworthy
consequently last of all
Words that Illustrate
Four types of context clues!
1.Definition- easiest to use (“is, means…”)
2. Comparison- unknown words compared with know words (“as, like…”)
3. Contrast- opposite meaning (“but, not, however…”)
4. Sense of Passage- the meaning in relation to other parts of the paragraph
F render, G. (2004). Learning to learn. Nashville, TN: Incentive Publications