Name, School, District:
  • Mike Poluk
  • Tarentorus Public School
  • Algoma District School Board (Sault Ste. Marie, ON)

Big Idea:
  • Determine the author's main message. Use evidence from the text to support your opinion.

Diagnostic Assessment Used:
  • Teacher read-aloud of "The Tunnel" by Anthony Browne.
  • Students provide a written response to the following question: "The author does not tell us what happens in the story. What do you think happens, and why? Use evidence from the text to support your answer."

Explicit/Intensive Instructional Strategies:
  • Scholastic's Moving Up With Literacy Place resource will be used to explicitly teach the inferring unit for a period of 4 weeks.
  • Materials to be used with the modelled reading portion of the unit: Hiding Edith (Kathy Kacer)
  • Materials to be used with the shared reading portion of the unit: What Ted Said (poetry and songs), Case File 070504-RRH

Summative Assessment Used:
  • Teacher read aloud of...(not determined at this time)
  • The idea is to have the students answer the same question as before: "The author does not tell us what happens in the story. What do you think happens, and why? Use evidence from the text to support your answer."

Evaluation and Recording of Student Progress:
  • A class data wall will be maintained that includes the following: student results after the pre-assessment, the projected or target results, the actual results after the post-assessment.

Curriculum Standards Addressed:
  • Making Inferences/Interpreting Texts (1.5 make inferences about oral texts using stated and implied ideas in the texts as evidence)