Lesson: 2: Drawing Conclusions from Historical Fiction

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to use background knowledge to draw a conclusion from historical fiction; will be able to use textual evidence to draw a conclusion from historical fiction; and will be able to use personal experience to draw a conclusion from historical fiction.

Lesson Plan

(I)               will explain that good readers draw conclusions about what they are reading to understand the text better. I will also explain that when drawing conclusions, good readers use their background knowledge, information from the text, and personal experience to draw inferences about the text. I will explain that this is very helpful when reading historical fiction because readers need to think about what they know about the time period to understand the text better. I will read the passage “Out West” (provided in unit) aloud. I will ask the question: “Why is Ben’s family moving to Oregon?” I will identify the background knowledge, information from the text, and personal experience that have helped me draw a conclusion about the answer to this question. (Example chart provided in unit.)
 
(We)           will read Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen, stopping after page 11 or the top of page 15 (depending on the version of the text you have; read up to the part when Molly discusses leaving Winter Hill). We will complete a graphic organizer answering the question: “Why does Molly want to leave Winter Hill?” (Graphic organizer is provided.)
 
(You)          will finish reading Molly’s Pilgrim and will use the graphic organizer to answer the question: “How is Molly’s mother a Pilgrim?” (Independent Practice is provided.)
 
Note:           You will need to copy the remainder of the book so that each student has a set to use for Independent Practice.


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Lesson Resources

"Out West"   Reading Passage
7
Direct Teaching Example Graphic Organizer   Notes
3
Guided Practice Example Graphic Organizer  
1
Student Independent Practice Worksheet   Classwork
3

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