The Whipping Boy - Inference

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SWBAT make inferences based on clues they find within text.

Big Idea

Making inferences can be fun! We will learn about inferences in this lesson and use our knowledge about inferences as we read chapter 2 in the novel "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman, we will be be making inferences based on clues we read in the text.


What is an Inference?

15 minutes

To begin our lesson today, I will have the kids join me on the floor where I will explain to them that I would like them to listen carefully as I describe something that happened over the weekend. 

I will then describe to the kids the following event: I was invited to my brother's house. When he opened the door, I saw balloons covering the ceiling. Not far from the balloons was a stack of gifts. Each gift was covered in brightly colored paper. On the table in the kitchen sat a cake with seven candles.

After describing this event, I will ask the students to infer what they think is happening at my brother's house. We will then talk about inference.  Inference is taking what we know and what we read about from the text and blending them together to make a good conclusion about what is happening in the text.

Inference Activity

20 minutes

Now that the students know what an inference is, they will have a chance to practice making inferences. I've included in the resources pictures which the students will study carefully and use what they know, combined with what they see, to make inferences as to what's happening in the picture. There are four pictures for the students to practice with.

After the students have had a chance to make inferences on the pictures, they will work in small groups to share their thoughts and inferences on each of the pictures with each other.


The Whipping Boy - Inference

20 minutes

We have been tackling the text "The Whipping Boy" by Sid Fleischman during this unit. Today we are on chapter four.  As reading chapter four of "The Whipping Boy," I will challenge students to find opportunities to make inferences.  When they find one, they can write it down on the whiteboard, and share it with the rest of the class when we are finished reading.

Fleischman, S. (2003). The Whipping Boy. New York, NY : Greenwillow Books