Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Context Clues


Writing Warm-Up  Good morning! We've read Thank You, Mr. Falker and learned about Trisha's struggles to learn to read. What is your story of learning to read? What do you remember about your journey to becoming a reader? How do you feel about yourself as a reader now? Use the document in your Language Arts folder in your Google Drive entitled 'Learning to Read Story' to share your experiences and feelings. This assignment should be completed by Friday, August 22.  

Introduction to Context Clues When you are reading and you come across a word you don't know, what do you do? The answer I hear from too many kids is "I skip it." Did you know that there is a vocabulary tool and reading strategy that can magically help you figure out the meanings of unknown words? Today we are going to learn how 'Context Clues' can help you unlock the meaning of words you thought you didn't know and help make you a much more empowered and successful reader.

So, what are 'Context Clues' exactly? Read the explanation below to find out.  



Next, watch below as Tim and Moby from BrainPop further introduce and explain how context clues work.
  

Now let's practice together. Work with the members of your team to figure out the words in bold below by by paying attention to the context clues in red.  
To continue, watch how context clues could have helped the young man in the video below.  



Finally, I want you to continue to practice using context clues by completing the 'Context Clues' assignment I've placed in your Language Arts folders.  

Homework  (1.) Continue working on your 'Learning to Read' story. (2.) Complete 'Context Clues' assignment.