An Inference Disaster: Implicit and Explicit Information
Oh no! It’s an inference disaster that can only be solved using implicit and explicit Information.
Chaos surrounds Pumpkinville Academy as they scramble to prepare for their annual Harvest Festival. The students from Little Leaves Elementary will be arriving early Saturday morning, anxious for a full day of fun, games, food, and Halloween treats. With only one day left, tensions are high and tempers flare. In their haste, the students and faculty have begun to make quick assumptions and poor inferences about each other’s feelings. Not using proper explicit and implicit information has turned the Harvest Festival into a catastrophe. Their only hope is for some savvy students to correctly complete these explicit and implicit information activities.
This packet features an engaging story that will motivate your students to sort 12 sentences into either explicit or implicit information based on how each character’s emotion is revealed. After the sort, students must complete a graphic organizer where they revisit the same sentences and examine them further. Not only do students have to identify whether each sentence is an example of implicit or explicit information, but they must also justify their responses. This is a highly rigorous activity that requires students to identify the character’s emotion and show specific text support.
This point of view packet can be adapted into 2-3 lessons. Use the sort first to teach explicit and implicit information. Be sure to cut the sorts out on cardstock and allow students to work in pairs or groups of 3. Class sets or partner sets work well for this. After reviewing the sorts, distribute the first graphic organizer and model a few examples before students complete the rest independently.
Answer keys are included for each graphic organizer.
If you like this activity be sure to check out my other graphic organizers:
Link-Figurative Language Fun
Link-Point of View Fun
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