Using a Poem and Making inferences
1 Mini Lesson
In the literature you have read, how have humans related to nature? What connections can you make?We will be studying this human/nature connection in 3 poems: “These are the days when the birds come back” by Emily Dickenson, “The Path Not Taken” by Robert Frost, and “Annabelle Lee” by Edgar Allan Poe.
Students will turn and talk: about observations and inferences with examples.
Observations and Inferences – what are they? How do we make observations and inferences?
Observation – I see light coming through the window; Inference – It is sunny outside
2 Guided/ Independent / Share
Pass out Assessment (Making Inferences from FACTS)Read the whole poem and discuss it with students in depth for meaning and vocabulary. As we discuss the poem, students fill out the observation column together.Create a sample inference for one of the observations on the board.Teachers will fill out observations with the students. More advanced students have the opportunity to add their own observations as well.
Students will make inferences for the rest of the poem, filling out the second column of assessment as they go.Students will work in groups determined by the teacher.Students having trouble with the concept of observations and inferences will be taken aside and given practice with a picture. Share inferences as a class and write them on the board. Once all inferences are on the board, students will discuss in their groups what the poem says about humans and nature. Students will share their conclusions with the group to close the class.