May 29th, 2013: Muhammad Ali….Context Clues….What???


Students will use context clues to determine unknown word meanings.


1) Think about how you find out the meaning of unknown words.

2) What are context clues?

3) Practice using context clues.

4) Understand why its important to use context clues.

Why  “?” of the day: Why should I care?

In college, you will be asked to read text books and if you want to be successful, you will have to not only read but read for understanding.

LET’S START THINKING: Introduction Activity:

Even experts come across words they don’t know when they read.

So, what do you do when you come across a word you don’t understand when reading?:

Head to today’s meet:

Join the room and answer the question:

1) What do you do when you come across a word you don’t understand when reading?

2) Respond to one other person’s post.


Easy enough: You don’t have to run to a dictionary or Google the meaning of every word you come across that you don’t know.  You can use words that are in the sentence or in the sentences around the word to help you understand.

Context Clues: words that give us clues to what an unknown word means

As we watch the following video, you will notice there are words that are highlighted that you may not know what they mean.  We will practice finding context clues by looking at the words around the unknown word to get an understanding of the unknown word.

Chart your progress with the  graphic organizer given by Ms. Mathews as you figure out what the unknown words mean.

Video Link:


Context Clues are words or clues that help you understand what an unknown word means.

Good Readers use context clues every day to figure out what they don’t know.

You can use context clues to help you figure out what a word mean.


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