Context Clues: Synonyms

What do you do when you find a word that's not familiar to you? Help readers use context clues when encountering unfamiliar words with a grammar activity. They note the parts of the sentences that show the meaning of the word, write how they discovered the definition, and circle the correct meaning.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include in a language arts homework packet
  • Have learners work on the assignment before a vocabulary lesson, or for a morning warm-up
  • Encourage class members to use the strategy when reading a novel or short story to define unfamiliar words
Classroom Considerations
  • One of the questions is divided on the page break, but all parts of the question are still complete
Pros
  • Guided practice is helpful for learners of all reading levels
  • Words in the sentences are challenging but not too difficult
Cons
  • None
Common Core