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Vocabulary in Context

In this lesson, students will improve their skills in using context clues to determine the meaning of difficult words. Use it as a stand-alone lesson or as support to the lesson Journey on the Underground Railroad.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Journey on the Underground Railroad lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Journey on the Underground Railroad lesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to use terminology related to the Underground Railroad correctly in context.

Language

Students will be able to determine the meaning of unknown words with context clues using strategic partnering and teacher modeling.

Introduction

(2 minutes)
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  • Ask students to discuss with a partner any particular strategies they use when they come across a word they do not know. Invite students to share with the whole class.
  • Inform your learners that today they will learn a specific strategy to figure out the meaning of a tricky or unknown word by using context clues, which are words or sentences near the unknown word that guide us to its meaning.