Context Clues: Opening Night

Students read a short passage and use context clues to determine word meanings.

Anchor(s)

L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

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Activity steps

  1. Review context clues by revisiting the definition of context clue.
  2. Introduce the opens in a new window “Opening Night” activity, using the online worksheet: opens in a new window https://www.englishworksheetsland.com/grade2/language/13sentence/1opening.pdf. Students should be given time to read the instructions and to look over the activity.
  3. After they read the instructions and look over the activity, ask the students if they understand the purpose of the activity; discuss this with students. In discussion, ask students how this skill would be valuable on the job (improve writing and speaking skills; improves vocabulary).
  4. Read the passage aloud as students read silently. (This takes care of the possibility that students may not know how to pronounce the words included in the passage.)
  5. Model and assist students by completing the word that students may find the most difficult (or the first one, based on your student population).
  6. After completing one of the selections together, have students work on two of their choice, while teacher walks around to assist students who need it. (This will address the fact that students may be at different levels and will need varying levels of support.)

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