Literature - EC: L.N.1.2.3
Continuum of Activities
The list below represents a continuum of activities: resources categorized by Standard/Eligible Content that teachers may use to move students toward proficiency. Using LEA curriculum and available materials and resources, teachers can customize the activity statements/questions for classroom use.
This continuum of activities offers:
- Instructional activities designed to be integrated into planned lessons
- Questions/activities that grow in complexity
- Opportunities for differentiation for each student’s level of performance
- Identify at least 5 unfamiliar words from a text.
- Label the parts of speech for each of these words, paying attention to how the word was used in the original sentence.
- Cover up the word in the original sentence and underline any context clues that help define the word.
- Write out a working definition of the word’s meaning.
- Use this strategy to determine the meaning of five other ambiguous words.
- Compare your definitions to another student’s definitions of the same ambiguous words.
- Students select at least 5 grade level vocabulary words from a text. These 5 should cover a range of parts of speech and should come from sentences that help to illustrate their definition.
- By examining how the word was used in the original sentence, students are able to correctly identify the word’s part of speech.
- Students are able to identify key context clues to help determine a word’s meaning. These context clues may be in the original sentence, or in the sentence just before or after the original.
- Students are able to write out a working definition of an ambiguous or unfamiliar word. This definition does not necessarily need to be a complete sentence, but should not be an exact copy of the context clues. Students are able to put the context clues into their own words.
- Students are able to apply this strategy to other unfamiliar, ambiguous and multiple-meaning word.
- Students are able to compare their definitions with other students’ definitions for clarity, offering feedback or to assess their own work.
Suggested Rubric: This rubric may be used to assess a student’s overall mastery of the standard or eligible content.