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Uploaded on Nov 12, 2010
Word Sorts and Multiple Meanings Multiple Meanings of Words In this guided reading lesson, the teacher sets the context by exploring a key word in the passage. Using visuals and a word web, she helps the students to understand the multiple meanings of the word "crane." They use their prior 8 knowledge of the features of a fable to predict the use of "crane" in the story. While students read the passage silently, the teacher touches base with individuals. They review reading goals, apply strategies to the reading of the passage and set new goals. The children then reconvene for a guided reading lesson that further clarifies vocabulary and identifies the author's purpose. Why is attention to the multiple meanings of words particularly important for English language learners? How did this teacher set students up for success before reading? What questions does a teacher need to ask of himself/herself before assigning a reading task for students?