ELA Anchor Standard: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate
This unit contains several “envelope” theme context clue strategies to place on an anchor chart.
The strategies include: looking for synonyms and antonyms, making inferences, finding examples, and definitions within the text.
There is a short introductory activity that uses “nonsense” words to explain these strategies. You can match the cards to the sentences. After you can place them under one of the main strategies.
Two passages written in the form of letters engage the reader as he or she uses strategies to determine the meaning of unknown words.
I usually put the passages in envelopes
along with the matching game cards!
The matching game is an extra
Reinforcement for a hands on activity
Using the context clue strategies.
The most popular part of the unit is the interactive context clue charts. Students read the clues along with the correlating strategy. They are then asked to highlight, underline, or circle items in the text that help them understand the unknown word.
As students cite this evidence, they are actively engaged in finding text clues and important context clue strategies that can be used in any content area!
This unit can be used as a center, guided reading activity, or partner work. I use it as a GO TO lesson for a “drop in” observation as it aligns perfectly with the common core standards!