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Context Clues

March 28, 2007

Write this sentence on the board, 'Yesterday, I had two frimps.' Have the class read the sentence and pose this question, 'What does the word frimps mean?' Write their guesses on the board (somewhere along the side). Then add another sentence, 'They were small but tasty.' Have them guess again and see whether anyone changed their answers. Then add another sentence, 'I picked them off the bush in the backyard.' The students' answers should change. The conversation will intensify. Finish off with this last sentence, 'Unfortunately, I died two days later!' Many students will know that frimps must be poisonous. But the funny thing is that frimps does not have a meaning. However, the word can be sounded out. The meaning can be determined by using context clues.


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