Lesson: Narrative Poetry - Inferencing in Poems

12 Favorites

Lesson Objective

Students will be able to identify a narrative poem and make inferences about the story within.

Lesson Plan

Objective: Students will make inferences using “It says, I say, and So” and explain the importance of making inferences when reading.

Lesson Plan

Objective: Students will make inferences about the story using “It says, I say, and So.”

Lesson Plan


DO NOW (10 minutes): 

Opening (5 minutes):  We have learned throughout our reading experiences that at times authors will tell us information and sometimes authors will just show us. There are other times when authors leave us clues and expect us, as good readers to put the clues together to help us understand what is happening in the story. To do this we have to make inferences. We are going to learn a new way of making inferences today using “IT SAYS, I SAY, and SO”.

Direct Instruction (I DO):
To aid us in making our inferences, we will be using an “It says, I say, and So” chart to help us organize out information.

“It says” is what the author puts in the text; we take this part directly from the story.

“I say” is my knowledge about what is going on in the story.

“and So” is when I both of these things together.


Make an anchor chart to display this strategy up in the classroom.

For example: if the text says “there is a puddle on the sidewalk” and I know that puddles only come once it has started raining, my “and SO could be that it just rained outside. 

It is important to note that we DON’T use inferences randomly; we use them when the author gives us some information but doesn’t tell us exactly what happened or doesn’t explain why something happened. As we read we are going to practice making inferences using an “It says, I say, and So” chart. (see attached file)

Model using the chart;  with the book.

Read the May 15th and model this strategy for the class.


I want to infer what Jack’s teacher is responding to is writing.

It Says…

I Say…

and So…


I don’t know.


If you put it on the board

and the people read it

it might make then sad.


I usually answer a question with the words “IDK”.


Jack is talking about putting his work on the board, I bet his teacher might be asking that question.


If other students read his work they may get sad.



Jack’s teacher is wondering if Jack minds it if his poem about Sky is put up for students to read.







Repeat this process again with the next entry.

Guided Practice (WE DO): 

Use the chart to come up with an inference about Jack. (do this with the class)

It Says

I Say

and So



Independent Practice (YOU DO):

 (see attached file)


What makes Miss Stretchberry a good teacher? How does she teach? What kinds of things do you imagine that she writes in Jack’s journal? What does she do to build Jack’s confidence?


Homework:  Read May 17-June in “Love That Dog”(see attached file)

Lesson Resources

Lesson 73 HMWK Inferences   Homework
Lesson 73   Lesson Plan
Lesson 73 It says   Classwork


Something went wrong. See details for more info
Nothing to upload