Reflection: Student Ownership Inference - Section 3: Independent Practice


I found it hard to really tell whether the kids had been successful in inferring how Peter felt about his dog. I realize I would need a way to see into their brains to really tell. A recurrent idea was that they knew Peter liked his dog because he took him grocery shopping. I was reluctant to accept this because I am not a fan of shopping; however, the class discussion led me to think that it made sense because, after all, if you don't like someone you wouldn't take that person or pet with you on errands. Plus, many of them seemed to feel positive about going to the grocery store.

During the discussion, I realized that a lesson on inference where the students are trying to bring you around to their point of view is successful - especially as, in this case, part of your objective was for them to use evidence from the text. So, while I will not take my dog grocery shopping, I was very happy with the results of this lesson.

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Unit 1: Key Ideas and Details in Literature
Lesson 6 of 12

Objective: SWBAT infer information about a character after reading a story. They will justify their conclusion with evidence from the text.

Big Idea: They can find nuggets of gold in a story ... but they need to explain how they got to the treasure.

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