CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,
Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.2: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,
Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,
Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.8.2a: Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science,
Introduce a topic clearly, previewing what is to follow; organize ideas, concepts, and information into broader categories; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., charts, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.
In this unit, we delve into characterization and theme while also examining two other key readings strategies: asking questions and making inferences. This unit was designed for use with a Reader's Workshop / Literature Circle format; however, it could easily be retooled for use with other frameworks and models for teaching and learning.
This lesson is part of a larger unit on "Coming of Age" novels. In this unit, students focus on the strategies of asking questions and making inferences, and they also gain familiarity with characterization analysis and analysis of theme.
In today's lesson, students have the opportunity to make inferences about a text with the use of a graphic organizer. Inside, you will find a detailed lesson plan, customizable student notes that include the shared passages from R.L. Stine's The Beast and Brent Runyon's Burn Journals, an overhead transparency of the graphic organizer for use with the lesson, an overhead transparency of today's reading passages, and a worksheet for use with students who may require additional support in mastering the week's focus objective.
This resource is part of the Coming of Age Unit collection.