Subject: ELA (English Language Arts), ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)
Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: Context Clues
Grade Level: 3, 4, 5, 6
Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.
Language Objective: Identify context clues within an instructional level text that help determine the meaning of an unknown word.
Brief Description: Students will practice using context clues to determine the meaning of an unknown word.
Know Before You Start: This lesson can be used as an introduction to context clues or a review.
Hook: Read and discuss the first two panels of the comic. Remind students that they can use context clues to help figure out the meaning of unknown words.
Have students read panels 3 through 6.
Independently or with a partner, have students look for the context clues in order to define the vocabulary words shown in all CAPS.
You may choose to model using sentence frames that are applicable for your students’ language level. The clue _____ tells me that ____ means _______.
Extension - have students choose a vocabulary word and practice writing a sentence that includes a context clue. It helps if they choose words from a dictionary that no one in the class will be able to guess without clues.
Closure: Encourage students to use context clues while they are reading to determine the meaning of unknown words.
Differentiation: Create your own lesson comic adapting the sentences to be more complex or simple as needed.
Comic to print or display: Comic 1
Online or print dictionaries for the extension activity
Make your own comic with your avatar, and/or student avatars to increase engagement.