Using Context for Meaning


ELAR-Grade-6 Foundational Skills Using Context for Meaning
Students learn to use context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words and words with multiple meanings. Then they write some of their own sentences to use context to give meaning.

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Overview

In this experience, students learn to use context to determine the meaning of unfamiliar words. Then they write some of their own sentences to use context to give meaning.

Students will work in small groups in Scene 4.

Objectives

  • Use context to clarify the meanings of words.
  • Use new vocabulary in original writing.

Duration

One class period.


When you are reading, you will encounter words that are new to you. One way to learn their meaning is to look them up in the dictionary. But maybe you don’t have a dictionary nearby, or you are just too interested in your book to set it aside and go get the dictionary. What other tools can you use to help you understand the word? In this experience you will learn how to use context to figure out the meaning of new words.

Objectives

  • Use context to clarify the meanings of words.
  • Use new vocabulary in original writing.


magnifying glass looking for meaning

Do you know what the word set means? Write a single definition for the word set.



It is likely that the class will enter several different meanings for the word set.


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word set has over 400 definitions, more than any other word in the English language. When you are reading, how do you know which meaning the author intended? In this experience, you will learn to use context to answer that question.


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