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1 Communication COMMUNICATION for Word Wisdom for Context Clues Word Breaking the Silence: Helen Keller Have you heard of Helen Keller? She couldn t talk, hear, or see. Helen lived in a dark world without sound until one special person broke through the darkness and the silence. Communication UNIT Helen Keller was a healthy baby. Before she was two years old, though, she got scarlet fever. The disease made her blind and deaf. Not able to see, hear, or speak, she could hardly communicate with other people. Most of the time, her family could recognize and understand her signals. Because she couldn t talk, signals were the only way Helen could express herself. Her silent world made her angry. When Helen was six years old, her parents hired a teacher named Annie Sullivan. Annie knew it would be hard to teach Helen. Helen usually did whatever she wanted. She would have to learn to give Annie her attention. Annie was firm with Helen. It was hard for Helen s parents to admit that Annie was right. After all, Helen didn t understand what was happening. Annie used her fingers to spell words into Helen s hand. Helen thought Annie was playing a game. Then one day, everything changed. The silence of Helen s world was broken, and she suddenly understood. Annie took Helen to the outdoor water pump. The cool water ran over Helen s hands. Annie spelled W-A-T-E-R into Helen s hands. Annie did this over and over. Finally, all of Annie s careful hard work, her dedication, made sense. For the first time, Helen understood that Annie s fingers were spelling out a word. Annie couldn t wait to make the exciting announcement that Helen now understood. When they heard the report, Helen s parents were speechless. They couldn t find words to express their thanks. From that moment at the water pump, Helen understood that everything had a name. She was a quick learner. She soon had a new vocabulary. She had hundreds of words she could use. She was finally able to communicate. When Helen grew up, she became a teacher. She taught the world about communication. 6 Communication Part

2 ww3.se.u.p006-02_cp 4/2/04 3:38 PM Page Context Clues Strategy Look for Words That Mean the Same EXAMPLE: The red light indicates, or is a sign, that the cars will stop. CLUE: In this sentence, the definition of indicates is already given. The words is a sign mean the same as the word indicates. The word or is a clue. One way to understand new words is to use the context the words that go with the new word. Here is one strategy. Read the sentence with the unknown word. Finally, all of Annie s careful hard work, her dedication, made sense. Look for context clues. What Words That Mean the Same can you find? The words careful hard work are a context clue for the word dedication. They mean the same as dedication. Think about the context clues and what you already know about the word. Dedication means careful hard work in the essay. I ve heard people say that it takes dedication to do things, so that makes sense. Predict a meaning for the word. The word dedication must mean careful hard work. Check your Word Wisdom Dictionary to be sure of the meaning. Decide which of the meanings in the dictionary fits with the context. Dedication means service and time given to something important. Communication Part

3 Unlock the Meanings Practice the Strategy The word below is from the essay about Helen Keller on page 6. Use the context clues strategy on page to figure out the meaning of the word. announcement Read the sentence that uses the word announcement. Read some of the sentences around the word. Look for context clues. What Words That Mean the Same can you find? Think about the context clues. What other helpful information do you know? Predict a meaning for the word announcement. Check the Word Wisdom Dictionary to be sure of the meaning of the word announcement. Write the definition here. 8 Communication Part

4 Use Context Clues You have been introduced to two vocabulary words from the Helen Keller essay. Those words are checked off in the Word List here. Under Vocabulary Word below, write the other eight boldfaced words from the essay. Use your new context clues strategy to predict a possible meaning for each word under Your Prediction. Then check the meanings in the Word Wisdom Dictionary. Write the definition under Dictionary Says. Vocabulary Word Your Prediction Dictionary Says WORD LIST communicate recognize express attention admit silence dedication announcement speechless vocabulary Communication Part 9

5 Process the Meanings WORD LIST communicate recognize express attention admit silence dedication announcement speechless vocabulary Find the Synonyms Synonyms are words that have the same or almost the same meaning. Match each synonym below with a word from the Word List. Write the word on the line words quietness agree Synonym awareness Vocabulary Word Choose the Correct Word Write the word from the Word List that best completes each sentence. 5 Learning how to play a musical instrument takes patience and 6 I was so surprised that I didn t know what to say; I was She looked so different that I did not her. 8 If there is a blizzard, we ll listen to the radio for an about school closings. 9 When a person doesn t speak your language, it can be 0 difficult to I try to myself clearly when I talk. 0 Communication Part

6 Apply What You ve Learned Relate the Meanings Answer each question. Who usually makes the announcements in your school? 2 When is it important to have silence in your classroom? 3 What score on a test would leave you speechless? Why? 4 To whom do you have to pay attention in school? 5 How can you show dedication to something? 6 Why is it important to learn new vocabulary? Why do some people find it hard to admit that they are wrong? 8 What is something you can easily recognize in your classroom? 9 What can you do to express yourself clearly? 0 When does your teacher ask you to communicate in writing? Write It! Create a list of five things you can do to communicate clearly with your friends and family. Use Part vocabulary words in your list. Communication Part

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