Lesson: Inferring by "reading between the lines"

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Lesson Objective

Students will be able to create logical inferences based on lines that are directly stated in a story.

Lesson Plan


State Standard:  . 3.LT-U.2.

Standard Name: Identify the main ideas in a story and use story details and prior knowledge to understand ideas that are not directly stated in the text.

Objective:Students will be able to create logical inferences based on lines that are directly stated in a story. 


Do-Now:  Reading in-between the lines:  Put up on chart paper or on display a page of a picture book that was read and deliberately cut one of the lines that states an action that happened out of the story.   Ask students to write in their notebooks, on white boards, or on a note card what the missing line is of the story. 


Opening: Have you ever heard the phrase, “can’t you read in-between the lines”… connect to a personal moment when this happened to you and explain how what the person really wanted you to do was to make an inference about something.  When we make inferences bout something or read between the lines we are actually very aware of what is going on, when we do this in conversation or caring about someone’s actions it shows that we care and have a greater understanding for a person.  When we do this in a text it shows that we have care and a greater understanding for what is going on in the text.

 As we are becoming master infers we are actually doing something called “reading in-between the lines”. 


Directed Instruction: 

When we read in-between the lines we are taking time to really think, and critically analyze what we are reading and what is going on in our passage or text.  Today we are going to practice reading a few lines and then adding a line of our own in-between when we make an inference. 


Guided Practice:  Blow up text on an overhead projector/promethean board/or on paper.  Model how you would read text and then insert your inference “in between the lines” on the paper.  Go through different types of passages. 


Independent Practice: Students will complete the same “reading in between the lines” activity on their own.  Students can also write their own actions and then have other students read in between the lines in a center or group activity.  Teacher can also incorporate test preparation skills by having the students use text from previous tests for review. 


Closing:  What is a way that you can use reading between the lines to show that you are a stronger reader and comprehended? 



Lesson Resources

Inferences Passages 2   
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