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How do I teach students to replace an unknown word with another word that makes sense?

May 26, 2014 4:34pm

I teach dependent readers in a middle school small group setting. My goal is for my students to read with accuracy. One way to do this is by self-correction. How do I explicitly teach the strategy of replacing the word with another word that makes sense?

  • English Language Arts
  • 5-9
  • Common Core / English Language Learners / New Teachers / Planning


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    • Jun 2, 2014 10:50am


      When modeling this, type up a short passage and actually remove words, Madlib style. Ask students to place a word that would make sense and practice until all students are comfortably. Then, provide them with the same passage with Tier III words where the blanks were. They can then practice the same skill but they can just substitute a word. (:


      • Jul 3, 2014 2:26pm

        I agree with Katie Novak below. The best bang for your buck is through modeling. But you can also just use the texts they are trying to work on, put them in pairs and ask them to highlight unknown words and make informed decisions. Give them the tools to do it. You can also let them know what they already know by giving them a nonsense sentence. Here's a worksheet that does exactly that: