Context Clues

What do you do when you don’t know a word you read?

Have you ever felt discouraged because it’s hard to read and understand English? Don’t give up!

Maybe you don’t understand the word “discouraged,” but you understand everything else.

In this case, you can ask yourself, “what other words in the sentence help to tell me the meaning of the word I don’t know?”

If you understand “felt,” then you know the next word must be some type of feeling. Felt how? Felt happy? Felt sad? Is “discouraged” probably a positive or negative word?

If you know “hard,” you can guess that “discouraged” is a negative word.

After you read, “Don’t give up!” you can be sure that “discouraged” is a negative word because there must be a reason a person would want to give up if they have to be told not to do it.


When you read, concentrate on clues such as pictures or other words in the sentence to help you understand.

What word/s could help you if you didn’t know the meaning of “clues”?

Read more to see the answer.

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Hot Bread Kitchen’s Career and Bridge Programs

Food Career Program

Gain skills and confidence in and out of the kitchen to prepare you for a career in the food industry.

  • Time commitment: About 25-30 hours per week for 1.5 months 
  • Possible jobs include: baker, prep cook, cashier, food service worker, and pastry assistant
  • Average starting wage: $15/hour

Next cohort starts January 2022!

Facility Management (FM) Program

In partnership with the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), this new program is a 4-month training course to prepare you for a job in the fast-growing field of facility management.

  • Time commitment: About 15-20 hours per week for 4 months
  • Possible jobs include: maintenance, custodial/janitorial worker, concierge/customer service, office assistant, purchasing coordinator, facilities assistant 
  • Average starting wage: $16+/hour

English Language

In partnership with LaGuardia Community College, this 8-week program will improve your reading, speaking, listening, and writing skills.

  • Time commitment: 8 weeks of classes, 2 days per week for 1.5 hours
  • Where: Classes meet online (via Zoom)
  • What you’ll learn: new vocabulary, practice speaking in a supportive environment, and build confidence in everyday conversations.

Fall/Winter 2021 dates

  • November 1—December 20, 2021
  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30-5pm

Digital Skills

During this course you will gain knowledge and confidence in using your computer. The skills you’ll gain during this 10-week program will be invaluable as you move through our increasingly online world.

  • Time commitment: 10 weeks of classes, 2 days per week for 2 hours + drop-in office hours
  • Where: Classes meet online (via Zoom)
  • What you’ll learn: computer basics and how to utilize Google Suite (Google Docs, Google Sheets and Gmail)

Fall/Winter 2021 dates

  • November 8th, 2021—January 31st, 2022 (excluding 12/27, 1/3, 1/17)
  • Mondays from 3-5pm
  • Thursdays from 2pm-3pm
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Free Community Events

Garden Share featuring The Performance Project Fellows

Friday, October 22nd, 2021 @7:30pm
6&B Garden – 6th St. and Ave B

Seating will be limited, so plan to arrive early. Face masks will be required.

Join the 2021/22 Performance Project Fellows for their Garden SHARE! Enjoy an evening of new work and works-in-progress from this year’s talented Fellows, in the beautiful setting of the 6 & B Community Garden in the East Village. We invite our vaccinated friends to join us for this free event.

Good Mourning, COVID by Dragonfly Method®

Sunday, October 24th, 2021 @4- 5:00 p.m.
278 Spring Street, 3rd FL

Tickets are free and limited space is filling up. Reserve your seats now!

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