Reflection: Real World Applications Introducing the Art of Inference - Section 1: Introducing Inference


In reflecting on the way I introduced inference to my students, it occurred to me that I could have further exploited the example I used with them, about knowing when and when not to ask their parents for something.  

What I will do next time is give my students a homework assignment the day before this lesson, to study the conversations and behavior of one of their parents that evening, and to write a half-page description of what their parents said or did and what mood they decided their parents were in, based on their words and actions.  With this in hand the next day, we can begin our exploration of inference from a personal, real-world entry point.  

Even though my students were able to overall grasp the practice of inference making through this lesson as is, the pre-activity with their parents would make for a fun and engaging means for immediate student buy-in.

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Introducing the Art of Inference

Unit 2: Literary Analysis: The House on Mango Street
Lesson 8 of 10

Objective: SWBAT read a series of vignettes from The House on Mango Street and make inferences about certain characters by focusing on key passages.

Big Idea: Laughing with all your teeth: Teaching students to read what is not written.

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English / Language Arts, Literature, Short Stories, The House on Mango Street, inference
  70 minutes
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