20 Context Clue Task Cards
A word's meaning can be gleaned from the clues and the text that surround it. Therefore, it is critical that students be given ample opportunity to practice and strengthen their context clue "muscle".
The cards I have written are over 50% inference and reasoning based. Only about 35% of these cards have a synonym or antonym clue somewhere else in the paragraph.
These cards will help the teacher isolate weakness and monitor progress while also giving more independent learners an opportunity to further develop their vocabulary.
Productive ways to use these cards are:
Small group "exit" ticket
Tutoring students before or after school
Providing support for ESL students
Activities for students who have a mentor or buddy
Pairing up students to practice the skill
Pulling students aside and showing them a few cards to get a
quick "snapshot" of their progress
Preparing for a reading comprehension test
20 Context Clues Task Cards
Student Response Sheet
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