14 Closely Guarded Tips For Conquering Cloze Passages

By: Rosalind Ong
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Day 13: Making Sense With Pictures

Hi, I’m Teacher Rosalind from Fun Language Learning. This is the thirteenth article of the 14 Closely Guarded Cloze Tips  series brought to you by LearnSuperMart and Fun Language Learning.

As a bilingual specialist, I help Primary and Secondary school students achieve their desired grades in English and Chinese by guiding them to develop effective language learning strategies and skills.

1. You have learned some ways to use Background Clues on Day 3. Today, we will look at the last inference tool.

From the title, can you guess what we are covering today?

Clue: Einstein said, “If I can’t see it, I don’t understand it.”


2. Just as a picture paints a thousand words, words can also paint a picture.

Why do we need to conjure up an image with the words?

When we create an image, we are consolidating what we have read and making sense of it. Once the image makes sense, we can think of words that fit the context.

So, what words should we pay attention to when coming up with a picture in our minds?

We need to pay attention to words involving the senses: sight, hearing, touch/action, taste and feeling. They are highlighted in bold below.

“What a perfect day!” Amos said as he opened the windows [action] and took a deep breath [action] as the breeze caressed his face [touch].

“Exactly! Why don’t we go for a picnic?” Brendon suggested, wagging [action] his tail.

With pleading eyes [sight], both of them looked at me [action] and chorused [sound], “Can we?”

With these details, you might form a picture like this:

3. Try this:

Highlight the words that help you conjure an image and fill in the blank:

Meanwhile, the wolf had picked himself up. He was scratching the wall with his claws. Refusing to _________ up, he took a few steps back and made a beeline for us, only to ram into the wall again.



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Posted on 07/10/2017

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