Making Inferences -Analyze Multiple Texts (Death for Dinner)

Making Inferences -Analyze Multiple Texts  (Death for Dinner)
Making Inferences -Analyze Multiple Texts  (Death for Dinner)
Making Inferences -Analyze Multiple Texts  (Death for Dinner)
Making Inferences -Analyze Multiple Texts  (Death for Dinner)
Making Inferences -Analyze Multiple Texts  (Death for Dinner)
Making Inferences -Analyze Multiple Texts  (Death for Dinner)
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Students engage in developing skills and strategies to put information together from two sources. Students engage in a mystery where they must use a case file and a crime scene photo to make inferences based on the evidence provided. Inferential questions challenge students to find valid evidence to defend their inferences. Once they have analyzed the texts, students synthesize the information by solving the crime.

What was meant to be a nice evening at the diner quickly turned into murder. The body on the ground belonged to Five-Fingered Freddy, a popular mobster. Who shot him? It's up to your students to lead the way in solving this mystery.

Your students will be stronger at inferring with this activity because:
✐Students are engaged in the work by taking the role of detective and engaging in fun mysteries.
✐The questions are inferential in nature and presented in an organizer that helps students understand that all good inferences need valid evidence.
✐Students can work in pairs and argue their viewpoints based upon the evidence they have gathered for the inferences they make.
✐These arguments lead to stronger reasoning skills, and provide a self-assessment opportunity for sorting which inferences are strong from those that are weaker.
✐Students hone their writing skills as the final question asks them to synthesize all information to create a final reflection of the mystery.

How each lesson works:
⛏Students read a mystery scenario and view a picture that serves as "The Crime Scene".
⛏Students read through inferential questions and use the text and picture to create evidence.
⛏They must determine valid evidence from evidence not connected to their inference.
⛏Students debate their inferences and evidence to strengthen their reasoning.
⛏In the end, they write a final answer that puts all the clues together.

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RL 6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
RL 6.3: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution.
RL 6.9: Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres (e.g., stories and poems; historical novels and fantasy stories) in terms of their approaches to similar themes and topics.
W 6.1: Write arguments to support claims with clear reasons and relevant evidence.
SL 6.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
SL 6.2: Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively, orally) and explain how it contributes to a topic, text, or issue under study.
SL 6.3: Delineate a speaker’s argument and specific claims, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims that are not.
SL 6.4: Present claims and findings, sequencing ideas logically and using pertinent descriptions, facts, and details to accentuate main ideas or themes; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

The idea for this activity came from Lawrence Treat. The pictures were illustrated by Paul Karasik. I have created the stories to match the picture. Hope you enjoy the activity!

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7 pages
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Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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