Using Context Clues with Signal Words

This Using Context Clues with Signal Words handout & reference also includes:

When you come across an unfamiliar word in a text, do you skip it and move on? Practice using context clues to identify words you don't know with a thorough set of language arts lessons. The resource reinforces close reading and critical thinking, while guiding high schoolers through the reading process.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use in an informational text unit when focusing on unfamiliar words
  • Have learners find and bring in articles or stories from home and ask them to identify unfamiliar words 

 

Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson indicates it takes five days to complete, but alter the time period based on the needs of your class and curriculum
  • Requires access to a SMART Board, but is adaptable the lesson to a document projector and whiteboard if necessary
  • In an effort to be efficient, the lesson abbreviates a lot of different parts, which may be confusing for implementation
  • Designed as preparation for the GED, but applicable to any number of class settings and grade levels
Pros

  • Provides a lot of great resources for vocabulary lessons and context clues practice, including a chart of signal words and vocabulary graphic organizers
  • Resource is well organized and paced
Cons

  • None