Cite Textual Evidence to Support Inferences Drawn from Text

7th - 9th
7 mins

Finding concrete evidence and analyzing it is one of the most important skills language arts pupils can develop. The video models how to take the text, add in original thinking, and come up with an inference. The narrator uses a T-chart and three quotations from the short story "A Pair of Silk Stockings" to explain the main character's decision. A thorough and clear video, this will help your learners figure out how to make their own inferences, especially if you pause the video and allow time for the class to discuss in-between clips. Also consider the presentation and provided guided notes to strengthen the lesson.

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Instructional Designs
Lisa Mancini

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