Word Attack Skills


You can figure out words better by using these word attack skills.


Phonics
Sound it Out by trying to pronounce the sounds of the letters in the word.

an/ti/dis/es/tab/lish/ment/a/ri/an/ism

hy/per/bi/li/ru/ben/e/mi/a


Using the Context
Guess a word by how it's used in the sentence or paragraph.

Barking, the ___dog___ chased Mr.Doyle up the tree.

The friendly drelb morgled the plinty moog
article-adj-noun (subject)-verb(ed)-article-adj-noun (object)

Jay Leno owns 14 Porsches, 9 Lambourginis, 5 Delorians, and a very rare Doylemobile
What's a Doylemobile?


Greek and Latin Roots
Guess the word's meaning and pronunciation by looking for the little root words in the big word.

astro / naut

"star-sailor"
astro= starry naut, nav=sailor
astrology nautical
astroid navigate
astronomical unit nautilis
disaster cosmonaut



Using a Reference
Look it up using a dictionary

Online Merriam-Webster Dictionary