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Inferences with Sentence Stems

Use this lesson to help your ELs make inferences with support. It can be a stand-alone lesson or used as support for the lesson Inferences in Fictional Texts.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Inferences in Fictional Textslesson plan.

Objectives

Academic

Students will be able to make an inference with evidence.

Language

Students will be able to make an inference with sentence structures using sentence stems.

Introduction

(3 minutes)
I Can Make Inferences: Concept WebSentence Stems for Making InferencesGraphic Organizer Template: Frayer ModelInferences & EvidenceInference Task CardsTeach Background Knowledge TemplateWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceVocabulary Cards: Inferences with Sentence StemsGlossary: Inferences with Sentence Stems
  • Tell students that today they will be practicing making inferences. Remind students that an inference is a conclusion you draw based on reasoning and evidence. It is not something that is stated explicitly. Write the definition on the board in student-friendly terms.
  • Provide an example of an inference for students (e.g., "I think it's cold outside, because when I look out the window I see a lot of gray clouds in the sky."). Explain that when you made a guess based on evidence, you were making an inference.
  • Display the I Can Make Inferences: Concept Web worksheet and review all the ways that students can make inferences.