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Learning Objective (skill-concept-context) . 7th grade objective: students will clarify word meanings through the use of definition, example, restatement, or contrast. *This means you will use clues in the sentence to figure out new words. CFU What are going to do today? What are we going to use? What are we going to analyze today? Activate or provide Prior Knowledge (universal experience or sub-skill Let’s say you go to your friends house. He/She doesn’t tell you he is unhappy, but you have clues that your friend is sad. What clues help you figure out when a friend is sad? (Sad face; doesn’t talk a lot/quiet; doesn’t feel like doing anything; maybe the way he’s dressed.) The clues help you make a smart guess about how that person feels. *In reading, you can also use clues to help you make smart guesses/inferences to figure out new words. CFU (make-connection to LO) How will you figure out new words? (Answer: By using clues in the sentence.) Grade_Discipline_Standard Learning Objective Name of Book-Publisher-Date-p. 1
Concept Development (definition, examples, non-examples) Unfamiliar words are often surrounded by words or phrases—called context clues—that help readers understand their meaning. A context clue may be a definition a synonym, an example, a comparison or contrast, or any other expression that enables readers to infer the word’s meaning. Look for signal words such as in other words, but,such as, on the other hand; also pay attention to commas and sentences before or after which signal clarification for a new word. See LOL p. 67 for more examples (teacher uses think a-loud for this part) a. Definition clues give you the definition of a new word within the sentence. Example: Roger looked as though he were frail. In other words, he looked weak and thin in his tennis shoes. b. Example clues Example: Mrs. Jones wanted Roger to do things to make himself presentable for dinner, Such as washing his face and running a comb through his hair. CFU (RAJ)—In your own words, what are context clues? AND What are key words that signal that a clue will be given? Apply: Read the following sent. Which signal word lets you know that there will be a context clue? Sentence: The boy at first thought the stranger seemed menacing, but Wilson turned out to be kind and friendly. (Answer: The word “but” signals that you will be given a contrast clue/or a word that means the opposite as the underlined.) Justify: Why do authors give these type of clues? Grade_Discipline_Standard Learning Objective Name of Book-Publisher-Date-p. 2
Importance (LO) 1. Helps you become a better reader. 2. Instead of looking it up in the dictionary, or waiting for the teacher to help you with a new word, you can figure out a word by yourself. It saves you time. CFU (LO) Does anyone else have any other reason as to why it is important? Which reason is most important to you? You can give me my reason or yours. Grade_Discipline_Standard Learning Objective Name of Book-Publisher-Date-p. 3
Skill Development & Guided Practice (concept-LO-steps or processes) Directions: Clarify word meanings through the use of context clues. Step #1: Read the sentence carefully. Step #2: Look for signal words such as in other words, but,such as, or, on the other hand, however; also pay attention to commas; also look at the words surrounding the target word to know. Step #3: Make a smart guess or inference about what the word means, and write down a possible definition for that word. Step # 4: Tell what clues in the sentence helped you. LOL Practice p. 67 #’s 1-5. CFU (strategies) How did I know what this word meant? What clues in sentence # __, helped me? What type of clue was it? Grade_Discipline_Standard Learning Objective Name of Book-Publisher-Date-p. 4
Closure (Concept, Importance-pair-share, Skill) 1. What did you learn today about handling new words? 2. What key words or clues might the author use to signal a hint about a new word? Tell how these key words or clues help you. (Possible responses: “but” signals the opposite of the target word; “such as” means that the author is about to give you examples of the word. 3. Why is it important for you to know how to figure words out? Grade_Discipline_Standard Learning Objective Name of Book-Publisher-Date-p. 5
Independent Practice Directions: Clarify word meanings through the use of context clues. Step #1: Read the sentence carefully. Step #2: Look for signal words such as in other words, but,such as, or, on the other hand, however; also pay attention to commas; also look at the words surrounding the target word to know. Step #3: Make a smart guess or inference about what the word means, and write down a possible definition for that word. Step # 4: Tell what clues in the sentence helped you. From Vocabulary and Spelling book p. 3-4. 1. Olympic gymnasts are very limber, or flexible, allowing them to perform their skillful movements. limber means: _____________________________________________________________________. 2. Based on his recollection, they had met last month at the dog park. However, his memory was not as good as it used to be. recollection means: ______________________________________________________________________. 3. If you don’t water the flowers, they will wilt or lose their strength and freshness. wilt means: _____________________________________________________________________. 4. Dan is a compassionate person. His words and actions show how kind-hearted he is. Compassionate means: _____________________________________________________________________. 5. If you violate, or disobey, the agreement, you will be punished for it. Violate means: _____________________________________________________________________. Grade_Discipline_Standard Learning Objective Name of Book-Publisher-Date-p. 6
Notes Differentiating Strategies (Skills, time, questions) Teaching Strategies (Explain, Model, Demonstrate) Cognitive Strategies (Rehearsal, Elaboration, Organization) Grade_Discipline_Standard Learning Objective Name of Book-Publisher-Date-p. 7