to help students apply “context clues” when they come across an unfamiliar word in their reading. Provide each student a copy of the WordMark bookmark.
While reading, as the student encounters a new word, he jots down the term and page number it appeared on.
Then, on the remaining lines, the student writes down what he thinks the word means. He applies his background knowledge and makes a prediction about what would make sense.
This is a great strategy to promote the use of context clues for unfamiliar words during independent reading, sustained silent reading, literature groups, or guided reading groups.
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