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        What Do You Infer? Animal Shelter

        Students watch two videos about dogs who have been rescued and are awaiting adoption in animal shelters.  They will identify which statements in the clips are inferences.

        Lesson Summary


        Students watch a video segment about dogs in animal shelters. Students identify statements made in the video and determine the inferences that are made.

        Why is this an important concept?

        Learners who can make inferences about what is implied in a text based on basic premises in the text demonstrate their comprehension. These learners clearly understand the main and important supporting ideas if they are capable of this skill.

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        The Lesson

        Part I: Learning Activity

        1. Make copies of the Making Inferences Chart handout for each student.

        2. Explain to the class that they are going to watch the beginning of a video called "Animal Shelter." In this segment are images of dogs barking. No one says anything. Ask students to think about what the author might be trying to communicate (or infer) by using these particular images and sounds.

        3. After viewing, discuss questions such as the following: What do you think the author is inferring about the animal shelter and the dogs? What do you think she's suggesting by showing an image of puppies with their mother in the cage?

        4. Introduce the Making Inferences Chart handout. Preview "The author said" statements in the left column. Ask students to keep those statements in mind as they watch the second video segment, "What Can You Do?" and think about what the author is inferring. After the video, students will write in the right column what they think the author meant to infer.

        Part II: Assessment

        1. Pair students so they can work together to complete the Making Inferences Chart handout. Remind them to justify their inferences with ideas presented in the video and with their background knowledge.

        2. As a class, discuss students' inferences and how they support their inferences.


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