Context Clues Direct Instruction. Today’s Learning Goal. L.8.4. I can determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words or phrases based on grade 8 reading and content , choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
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“Just then an armored car came across the bridge and advanced slowly up the street. The sniper wanted to fire but he knew it was useless. His bullets would never pierce the steel that covered the gray monster.”
What does armored mean? Which clues did you use to come up with your predicted meaning?
“Of course Martin was always uncomfortable in elevators, afraid they would fall, but there was something especially unpleasant about this one. Perhaps its baleful atmosphere was due to the light from the single fluorescent ceiling strip, beak and dim on the dirty brown walls.”
What does baleful mean? Which clues did you use to come up with your predicted meaning?