Reflection: Complex Tasks What Does the Evidence Say About Our Characters? - Section 4: Independent Writing Time


What I have found about second graders is that they can infer - they just don't know it. My experience has been that they don’t know they are inferring when they are correctly drawing appropriate conclusions about people for the most part. The value in this lesson was to provide practice in finding evidence to support a character trait. Also, it helped them practice the skill of inference in an indirect manner because I didn't directly state that is what they were doing. Moreover, my students received valuable reading time to build their knowledge of fairytales and improve their vocabulary too.

I was happy to see them rereading for the evidence. I was happy to see them intrigued with their reading. Giving them a variety of fairytales made this lesson feel fresh for them.

When the students were done I asked them to bring me their work. I asked them to read it to me. This gave me the opportunity to give them feedback. One student had the appropriate conclusion, but I had to give her guidance about how she came to conclude that Goldilocks was naughty. She came back with evidence.

Overall, most of my students met the task, though one student did not make a conclusion. He offered good details to come to a conclusion about the character. Part of what this student needs is more time to digest the information.

The student who write a conclusion about mouse needed to go back and find the evidence. He was on target about the conclusions/inferences he made about the mouse.

The student who shared The Troll is Evil usually has a hard time staying on task and completing the task. I feel he did a good job with his analysis of the troll.

  Complex Tasks: What Does The Evidence Say?
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What Does the Evidence Say About Our Characters?

Unit 16: Fairytales
Lesson 4 of 5

Objective: SWBAT analyze a character from a literary text and draw a conclusion about them.

Big Idea: Is Prince Charming really charming? Is the Giant really a bad guy? And, Goldilocks, where are your manners?

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