Eighth graders investigate the concept of jargon and how it is used in different contexts in relation to the study of vocabulary. They practice interpreting jargon by concentrating on the comprehension strategy of using context clues.
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Definitions by Context
Use this two-page resource either with your English language learners or your upper elementary native speakers. There are eight questions that test your learners' ability to use the context of a sentence to define an unknown word....
7th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
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6th - 12th English Language Arts
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Explore a pirate island full of treasure, gems, and questions! Direct your character around the island, where pirates and parrots will challenge her with questions about language. But you'd better be quick with your responses! You only...
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