Teaching Context Clues Strategy
- LOOK before, at, and after the word.
- REASON - connect what you know with what the author has written.
- PREDICT a possible meaning.
- RESOLVE or REDO - Decide if you know enough, should try again, or consult an expert or reference.
Introduce this strategy through teacher modeling, group work, and discussion. To prepare, select a passage and target a word or words for discussion. Prepare a transparency by typing a passage, or photocopying the passage and putting masking tape over the target word.
After students become familiar with using a contextual process, student teams can lead the lesson. Working with the teacher, they can choose two words a week they think would be unfamiliar to the group and model the process with the first word and lead the discussion on the second.
From: Camille Blachowicz and Peter Fisher, Teaching Vocabulary in All Classrooms. 2nd edition. P.27