Lesson Plan

I Can Use Context Clues!

Your ELs will use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. They will also practice using introductory phrases to discuss their inferences. It can be a stand-alone lesson or support for the lesson Dive Into Context Clues.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Dive Into Context Clues lesson plan.

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Students will be able to use context clues to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words.

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  • I can use context clues and inferences to determine the meaning of an unfamiliar word.
  • I can use introductory phrases to discuss and write about inferences.

Introduction

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  • Write a vocabulary word on the board, like "blizzard." Ask students to think about what strategies they could use to determine the meaning of a new word.
  • Write a sentence frame on the board that reads, "When I see an unfamiliar word, I use ____ to figure out what it means."
  • Remind students that an "unfamiliar word" is a word you don't know.
  • Call on a few student volunteers to share their strategies using the sentence frame for support.
  • Write the same word in a sentence such as "More than two feet of snow fell during the blizzard." Underline the focus word, "blizzard."
  • Read the sentence aloud and ask students to think about other strategies they could use to determine the meaning of the word when they encounter it in a sentence or text. Call on student volunteers to share their strategies.
  • Explain that today we are going to be talking about one specific strategy called "context clues."