Context Clues Fun!
Prepare your students for the increasing rigor of standardized tests with this awesome set of 25 6th, 7th, and 8th grade high frequency vocabulary words. Not only will your students expand their vocabulary, but they will also practice using context clues, an essential word attack skill.
These 25 high frequency vocabulary words are divided among five graphic organizers. Each graphic organizer features five sentences which each include one of the 25 words. Each sentence uses one of the five main types of context clues (synonym, antonym, inference, example, and definition) to help students determine the meaning of the word. For each sentence, students must use the clues surrounding the word to develop a definition for the word. Then, students highlight or circle the context clues in the sentence that helped them formulate this definition. This is a crucial skill for students to learn. This set challenges them to demonstrate and utilize more complex thinking. Having students pinpoint the clues that helped them determine the meaning of the word is an essential skill that will help prepare them for any assessment. Next, students identify the type of context clue the sentence used and then they write their definition. After they have completed these steps for all five sentences, they are given a dictionary, so they can check their definitions for accuracy.
This set can be used in various ways. Use one organizer a day for five days to serve as mini lessons or small group practice. Use the first organizer as direct instruction, the second organizer as guided practice and the remaining three organizers as independent practice. A version is also included that highlights the clues in each sentence. This adapted version can be used with English Language Learners as well as special education students. Use the adapted versions with the regular version by scaffolding support for these students and then gradually taking it away. Another option is to have students complete two sentences a day as a warm up or bell ringer. You could also use some of the sentences as closure when teaching a lesson on context clues and/or assign an organizer as homework.
One of the biggest barriers on tests seems to be vocabulary. If students don’t know a specific word, it can block them from answering the question correctly and also from understanding the passages. There is no way to know which words students will encounter on an assessment, but by practicing context clues, students will have the necessary tools to unlock the meaning of any difficult or unfamiliar vocabulary word.
Answer keys are included for each graphic organizer.
Be sure to check out my other graphic organizers:
Link-Point of View Fun
Link-Figurative Language Fun
Link-An Inference Disaster: Implicit and Explicit Information
Link-Plot Diagram Fun
Link-Figurative Language Hunt
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