LESSON SIX: Story Elements/Inferring
Students continue their study of story elements, focusing on problem/solution and sequence of events. Student makes inferences about the text..
R2C Use details from text to make basic inferences about setting, characters and problem, predict solution, and identify events in logical sequence.
§ Sources of literature
o All I See by Cynthia Rylant
o Chart paper
o Sequence of events chart
o Sticky notes
§ Handouts provided
§ Words to know
Teacher observation and sequence of events chart.
1. Review story elements discussed in previous lesson (setting, characters.)
2. Tell students in today’s read aloud they should listen for problem and solution. Refer to a cartoon or movie where the problem and solution are easily identified. Question students about the steps taken to solve the problem.
3. Read All I See by Cynthia Rylant using the think aloud method so that students can hear what is going on inside your head. Focus on story finding the problem in the story and sequence of important events leading to a solution. This is done using a Flow Chart graphic organizer
Problem: Gregory and Charlie don’t know each other.
Event 1: Charlie watches Gregory and is interested in his paintings.
Event 2: Charlie decides to sue Gregory’s paints.
Event 3: Gregory returns, notices Charlie’s work and asks him to stay.
Solution: Charlie and Gregory get to know each other and paint together from then on.
4. Students read independently to complete the Flow Chart graphic organizer.
Reread the book All I See by Chythia Rylant. Focus on making inferences about Charlie and Gregory.
Inferring is using your background knowledge and clues from the text to draw new conclusions.