1. After letting the students elicit their own definition of what a context clue is, choose a student to scribble the definition on the SMART Board.
2. Present an interactive context clues lecture that includes sample sentences with context clues. Model the identification of context clues as you go through each sentence by highlighting challenge words in green and the context clues in yellow. For example, a sample
3. Allow several opportunities for the students to go up to the front and highlight context clues for everyone to see. This gives you the opportunity to check for understanding and see how the students are taking in the lesson.
4. After giving sample sentences, try presenting to the class sample passages with context clues across sentences.
5. Guided Practice: Give a short drill/game: Divide the class into two teams. They are to unlock vocabulary words flashed on the SMART Board. One representative per team at a time is to go to the SMART Board and highlight the context clue for each sentence with a vocabulary challenge word. Make sure to provide comments to process each correct answer. The first team to acquire the most number of points after ten turns wins.
6. Independent Practice: Hand out the activity sheets for the students to answer individually. The activity may include multiple choice, fill in the blanks, and passages with vocabulary challenge words they have to unlock.