Toolkit of Reading Grades 4-8

Using Context Clues
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Using Context Clues


Rich, engaging, complex texts often include some words students are not familiar with. This lesson will guide your students through the process of inferring the meanings of new words based on the surrounding words and phrases. The Using Context Clues lesson includes a definition, an explanation of how the skill is used, an example, and practice questions with excerpts from real books.
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Created for grades 4–8, the Toolkit of Reading features quick, clear lessons on all the critical skills students need to understand complex texts, including new skills emphasized in the Common Core State Standards. These engaging resources, available as downloadable PDFs, define key terms, describe how and why the skills are important to readers, and provide a series of activities to encourage mastery. These lessons can kick off a reading lesson or serve as an impromptu refresher of skills already introduced.

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This lesson features excerpts from Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson and "The Gold Bug" by Edgar Allan Poe.