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Context Clues

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When students complete the activities in this lesson plan, they will use the following comic layout types.

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map
  • Poster
  • Character Map
  • Comic Strip

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This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings vocabulary to life with comics and storyboards.
This free, printable Pixton lesson plan brings vocabulary to life with comics and storyboards.
Pixton Lesson Plan on Context Clues

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Context Clues

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Teacher Guide

Context Clues

Step 1Class discussion with students

Getting Started

The ability to use context clues to define unknown vocabulary is an important critical thinking skill essential to reading comprehension. Teachers should explicitly teach students the definitions, components, and examples of using context clues (see attached example comics).

Opening Discussion

Create a KW(H)L chart:

  • What do you already know about context clues?
  • What do you want to know about context clues?
  • How could you learn more?
  • Why might this skill be important?
Step 2Pixton comic-making activities
  • Make a Storyboard
    Define

    Complete after opening discussion.

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  • Make a Mind Map
    Apply to Informational Text

    Complete after class reading.

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  • Make a Storyboard or Mind Map
    Apply to Literature

    Complete after class reading.

    View Activity
  • Extension / Modification
    Poster (Extension / Modification)

    Create a classroom reference Poster to illustrate definitions and examples of the use of context clues.

  • Extension / Modification
    Character Map (Extension / Modification)

    Create a KW(H)L Character Map to illustrate what you know and want to know about context clues.

  • Extension / Modification
    Comic Strip (Extension / Modification)

    Create a Comic Strip to illustrate context clues and definitions of vocabulary in a work of poetry, prose or nonfiction.

Step 3Concluding discussion with students

Add to your KW(H)L chart:

  • What did you learn about context clues?
  • What are you still confused or unsure about?
  • What would you still like to know about context clues?
  • How could you learn more?
  • How does this relate to other reading or writing activities or questions you have completed in the past?
  • What memory devices can you use or create to remember how to use this skill?
  • Why is it important to understand and use this skill?
  • How can this skill help you be a stronger reader and writer?
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Pixton Activity: Context Clues 1 Define

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  • Storyboard

Intro

Review the definitions, elements, and examples of context clues.

Instructions

Create a Storyboard that illustrates the definitions and examples of context clues:

  • Identify the element in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed description.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Context Clues 2 Apply to Informational Text

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  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definitions, elements and examples of context clues.

Instructions

Use context clues to create a Mind Map that illustrates definitions of vocabulary from a nonfiction informational text:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed definition (using context clues).
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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Pixton Activity: Context Clues 3 Apply to Literature

Featured Layouts

  • Storyboard
  • Mind Map

Intro

Review the definitions, elements, and examples of context clues.

Instructions

Use context clues to create a Mind Map or Storyboard that illustrates definitions of vocabulary from a piece of fiction literature or prose:

  • Identify the word in the panel title.
  • Write a detailed using context clues.
  • Include an appropriate illustration for each panel.

See the rubric for grading guidelines.

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