Students’ age range: 12-14
Topic: Drawing Conclusions
Description: At the start of the lesson, the teacher will play the last few minutes of the 2018 Super Bowl. The teacher will pause the clip right before the announcement is made and ask the students "From the clip, what is happening, what is going to happen and how did they arrive to this answer?" The students will answer "It is the Super Bowl and the Eagles have just won or is about to win. The score on the video clip and the timer being on zero shows they've won the game. The teacher will explain to the students this is called Drawing Conclusions.
The teacher will explain to students that drawing conclusions is using information that is implied or inferred to make meaning out of what is not clearly stated.
The teacher will demonstrate to the students how to draw a logical conclusion. The teacher will go through a few examples. The teacher will explain how it may help you to think about an inference as a math problem. What you read + what’s in your head = an inference.
Using a “What Am I?” poem and the Drawing Conclusions Graphic Organizer, students will pair clues from author with background knowledge to infer/conclude what is being described. Students will share their answers with the class.
The teacher will let the class listen to the song "Lost Boy" by Ruth B. Using their graphic Organizer, students will draw logical conclusions about the meaning of the song. Students will discuss their answers to each other.