Lesson: 1: Contrasting Statements

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to use contrasting statements to determine the meaning of an unknown word.

Lesson Plan

(I)               will explain how contrasting statements can help you understand the meaning of a new vocabulary word, because they tell you the opposite meaning of the word. I will verbally give the example, “The kitchen was usually filled with delicious smells; however, today the scent was repulsive.” I will explain how the first part of the sentence helps me understand the word “repulsive”. I know that the second part of the sentence is a contrasting statement because it uses the word “but”. Often, contrasting statements will start with words such as “but,” “however,” or “although”.  I will repeat this strategy with the example: “When I brought home the note from my teacher I thought my mom would examine it, but she barely glanced at it.”
(We)           will read the first paragraph of The Crab (passage is provided) and use the contrasting statements to determine the meaning of the first two words in bold. We will discuss how we determined the meaning by citing specific evidence from the contrasting statement.
(You)          will read the rest of the passage and use contrasting statements to determine the meaning of the remaining words in bold. You will explain how you determined the meaning of the bold words by using contrasting statements. (Independent Practice is provided.)

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Lesson Resources

Guided Practice & Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork
Student Independent Practice Worksheet  


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