Lesson Plan

Inference Detectives

It’s time to make an educated guess! In this lesson, your students will practice using their background knowledge and evidence from the text to make inferences in nonfiction pieces about Martin Luther King, Jr., and Cesar Chavez.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Steps to Make an Inference pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the Steps to Make an Inference pre-lesson.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to make inferences from nonfiction texts using their background knowledge and evidence from the text.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
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  • Project the Making Inferences worksheet onto the board and cover everything except the first passage about the sun.
  • Read the passage aloud.
  • Uncover the first question and ask for a volunteer to answer it.
  • Ask the volunteer to explain how they came up with their answer.
  • Continue this process until all four questions have been answered.
  • Tell students that they just practiced making inferences.

Beginning

  • Allow students to make inferences with a partner using their home language (L1).
  • Provide students with access to the text in students' home language (L1).
  • Provide pictures instead of a passage to practice making inferences from.

Intermediate

  • Allow students to respond to the questions with a partner before sharing with the whole class.