Reflection: Lesson Planning What Does it Really Mean? Use Poems to Infer Meaning - Section 4: Practice and Share


Its important to chose poems that are just below the typical students' reading level in your class. Students are already doing the hard work of inferring, which would be almost impossible if they are struggling with the meaning of the words they are using.

It is also helpful for the poems to be fairly short. You want to emphasize that they are not trying to see who can finish it fast or get through it quickly. When we are reading poems and trying to understand a text at a deeper level, we need to slow down and pay even closer attention to the words. 

It might also be helpful to chose two poems that are from the same subject so that students don't have to reach too far to remember their background knowledge.

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What Does it Really Mean? Use Poems to Infer Meaning

Unit 9: Exploring Information in Nonfiction Texts
Lesson 10 of 14

Objective: SWBAT make inferences based on figurative language in poems.

Big Idea: Poems use imagery that require readers to use background knowledge to make inferences based on meaning.

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English / Language Arts, Poetry, Nonfiction Literature, main idea, 4th grade, inferring, infer, inference, Fourth Grade, 4th, fourth, poem, poems, imagery, subheadings, subtitles
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