Topic: Building Vocabulary for "Elizabeth Blackwell" poem.
- use context clues and structural analyses to determine the meaning of unfamiliar
words in a passage.
- build background to the poem.
- listen to understand and appreciate the poem.
Overhead projector, transparencies with a passage and the poem, chart paper, and marker
Students know how to use different types of context clues.
1. Project the transparency with the passage, and say the key words while highlighting them. (See the passage in Appendix 1.)
2. Read the passage aloud, then have students read it aloud.
3. Guide students to look for clues in the passage or part of a word to determine its meaning. Write the words and their meanings on chart paper. Encourage students to copy the words and meanings in their vocabulary notebook.
4. Display the transparency with the poem, and read aloud while students follow silently. Inform the class that they will analyze the poem at a later time.
Students write a brief summary of the poem.
Small groups of 3-4 students write a Readers' Theater script.