Instructional Strategy Guide: Context Clues

The meaning of a word can often be gleaned from clues in the surrounding context. What comes before and after a new word can reveal its meaning, structure, and use. These strategies can help students meet Common Core Standards related to Vocabulary Acquisition and Use (link is external). Help struggling readers to draw upon multiple approaches, such as direct instruction, choice of reading materials, or varied ways to interact with new words, using a range of technology tools. View this slideshow for a brief introduction to teaching the strategy of Context Clues. Printable text-only version available below.