Lesson Plan

Inferences in Fictional Texts

Give your students practice with inferences using short fictional texts before asking them to apply the skill to a longer text of their choice.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to make an inference with evidence.

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

(3 minutes)
Reading Between the LinesMore Reading Between the LinesBuild an InferencePractice Making InferencesMaking Inferences to Interpret Fiction
  • Make an inference about a student in your class based on an observation (e.g., "I think Jake is feeling cold because he has his sweater on.").
  • Explain that, even though the student did not tell you they were cold, you made an inference based on what you could see and your own personal experiences with being cold.
  • Tell students that people make inferences in the real world, like the one you made. However, it is also a skill that readers use to understand a story or text.
  • Introduce the objective for the lesson in student-friendly terms (e.g., "Today we will be making inferences about fictional stories.").