Using Context for Meaning


ELAR-Grade-8 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.

This learning experience is designed for device-enabled classrooms. The teacher guides the lesson, and students use embedded resources, social media skills, and critical thinking skills to actively participate. To get access to a free version of the complete lesson, sign up for an exploros account.

1:1 Devices
Teacher Pack

The Pack contains associated resources for the learning experience, typically in the form of articles and videos. There is a teacher Pack (with only teacher information) and a student Pack (which contains only student information). As a teacher, you can toggle between both to see everything.

Here are the teacher pack items for Using Context for Meaning:

Preview - Scene 1
Exploros Learnign Experience Scene Navigation


Engage


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.


word cloud with the word context in the center

Reading is a skill that serves you your entire life. You read for school, you read for work, you read for pleasure. And sometimes when you read, you encounter unfamiliar words. If you skip over these words, ignore them, and move on, you lose the opportunity to improve your language skills.

A substantial vocabulary increases the value of reading. Turn unfamiliar words into familiar ones, and you can then use them in your own writing and speech. You can look up each word or improve your skills of determining the meaning from context. 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.


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



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


According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the word run has almost 400 definitions! 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.


When everyone is ready to continue, unlock the next scene.

End of Preview
The Complete List of Learning Experiences in Foundational Skills Unit.
Would you like to preview the rest of this learning experience, and get access to the entire functioning ELAR Grade 8 course for your classroom? Sign up using your school email address below. Exploros OER is free for educational use.
Back to top