Lesson Plan Dive Into Context Clues Need extra help for EL students? Try the I Can Use Context Clues! pre-lesson. Learning Objectives
Students will be able to use context clues to determine the meanings of unfamiliar words.
Introduction (10 minutes)
Tell the students that they are going to be learning a strategy for figuring out the meaning of new words.
Have them imagine that they are in a restaurant and reading a menu. Under the dessert section of the menu, they see the item: creamy, cold vanilla gelato.
Explain to the students that they may be able to easily figure out that the word "gelato" means ice cream because of a few clues: 1) it is a dessert and 2) it is described as creamy and cold.
Tell students this strategy is called using context clues.
Provide a student-friendly definition for the word "strategy" and invite students to think about strategies they use to learn and understand English.
Use a visual of gelato to go with the introductory activity.
Ask students to think about a time they went to a restaurant and didn't know a word on the menu.
Invite students to share about their experiences so they can make a personal connection to the introductory acitivity. Use sentence frames to support the discussion:
"When I went to a restaurant, I saw the word ________ on the menu."
"I didn't know what the word ________ meant."
"I used ________ as a clue to figure it out."