Students use the fun classic poem "Jabberwocky" to anchor their study of determining the meaning of words using context clues, Common Core Standard RL 4. This two day lesson for grades 6-9 is anchored with an entry task and exit ticket that asks students to evaluate their understanding of the standard. Watch student's learning grow!
Next, students read the poem Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll using context clues to unlock the meaning of nonsense words that make sense because of the textual clues Carroll provides his readers. Analysis is interactive in this lesson when students participate in the protocol called "Give One, Get One, Move On" to help them share words and definitions from the poem.
After thoroughly analyzing the poem, students begin brainstorming their own "Jabberwocky" inspired poem using their own imaginative characters and nonsense words that classmates can use context clues to figure out.
After two days of fun exploration of nonsense words, students will have unknowingly worked through the levels of Bloom's Taxonomy, growing their understanding of using context clues to define almost any word!
This two day lesson is a great start to any vocabulary study, to build confidence before reading a complex text with lots of unknown words, or to begin a poetry unit.
These plans are so thorough they also work great for emergency sub plans that are meaningful for your students!
Have fun with poetry and mastering standard RL 4, determining the meaning of words using context clues with this two day lesson. Includes:
-2 day step by step lesson plan
-5 page packet
-Brainstorming Picture Cards for scaffolding student writing
-Exit Ticket Rubric