Reading Comprehension Strategy Tool – Define Unfamiliar Words Using Context Clues in the Text

Use this tool to teach students how to use context clues to identify the meaning of unfamiliar words. This reading strategies tool gives students 7 different word identification methods to use when taking an exam or reading passages. In this reading comprehension tool, each of the 7 context clues methods are explained and further defined using a real-world example. By incorporating these different methods into guided reading and reading strategy tutorials, students will quickly be able to make inferences about the meaning of new words simply by identifying context clues in the surrounding text. In addition, this tool contains a graphic organizer to help students practice identifying new words, associating the surrounding context clues, and applying an inference to determine the word’s meaning.

HOW TO USE: During guided reading tutorial sessions, have student(s) write down unfamiliar words in the graphic organizer. Ask the student(s) to identify any associated context clues in the surrounding text using any one of the 7 context clue strategies. Finally, have the student(s) write the inferred meaning based on the relevant context clue then check the word’s definition in a dictionary to see how close the student(s) got to the correct meaning.

View Our Blog Post: Reading Comprehension Strategy Tools to learn more about how to use this resource.

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Academic Subject Area
All Subjects, ELA/Language Arts
Grade Levels
PreK, K-5
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