Question: What are context clues friendly for readers?
Answer/Quote: “Bonnie Konopak and John Koonopak) 1986) of Louisiana State University identified four characteristics of contextual clue presentation that is more considerate to the reader: (a) a context clue in close proximity to the target word, (b) clarity of connection between target word and context clue, (c) explicitness of contextual information, and (d) completeness of contextual information.” P. 249.
Question: Suppose context clues are not reader friendly?
Answer: Be sensitive to context clues that don’t help much and provide assistance in understanding the word. In that case, students should use a dictionary, glossary, or thesaurus.
Comment: In my experience, many words are not context “friendly.” In that case, students should use a dictionary, glossary, or thesaurus. They should record the meaning in as few words as possible, a single word if possible. Easier to remember the meaning. RayS.
Title: “Beyond JR: Research from Elsewhere.” Jeanne Shay Schumm. Journal of Reading (November 1991), 249.