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Lesson Plan: Details in Text

Subject:  ELA- Reading

Grade: 4

Lesson Objective: To use details in text when explaining what the text says

Common Core StandardCCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.4.1- Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.




  • Have you ever figured something out or reached a conclusion based on information that you heard or read?  How did you do it?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Figuring something out or reaching a conclusion based on information is called drawing an inference.
  • This is something that we do when we reading for information. 
  • When reading a book or paragraph that gives you information about something, you should be thinking about what the reading is talking about.
  • Once you know what you are reading about and before you can draw an inference, you need to look for clues.  You find the clues in the information that you are reading. 
  • When you are drawing an inference, there is not just one right answer.  Each person who draws an inference or a conclusion might come up with a different answer.
  • This is because you might pick out different information that you think is important than someone else.  This is also because when you are drawing an inference, you use information that you already know.
  • For example, you see a picture of an ice cream stand with people standing around eating ice cream cones.  What inferences could you draw?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • One inference you could draw is that it is hot outside because people are eating ice cream.  Another is the ice cream is really good because there are so many people there.
  • Now, you are going to be reading about weather forecasting.  After you have read the paragraph, you are going to answer the questions about what you read.  You will be drawing inferences so make sure that you are reading all of the information carefully.
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share and go over the answers.)

Written by Kimberly Greacen, Education World® Contributing Writer

Kimberly is an educator with extensive experience in curriculum writing and developing instructional materials to align with Common Core State Standards and Bloom's Taxonomy.

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