I Can Infer Motives

Why did they do it? Get to the bottom of complex characters and people by analyzing their motivation. Learners select an action and take a close look at that action in order to infer motive. They then explain why they determined that that was the motive. This is a fairly basic graphic organizer that would work as a warm-up exercise or quick homework assignment.

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Pros

  • Requires pupils to think about why a person or character acts a certain way and analyze their own thought processes in determining motive
Cons

  • The final question is phrased slightly awkwardly
  • Worksheet is very simple and only allows for analysis of one character action; however, this does keep the task from becoming overwhelming