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In Conclusion

Janice Jowers
Okaloosa County Schools

Description

The students are introduced to the reading skill of drawing conclusions from a story. The children then use this skill to draw conclusions of their own from several stories.

Objectives

The student reads and organizes information from multiple sources for a variety of purposes (for example, supporting opinions, predictions, and conclusions; writing a research report; conducting interviews; taking a test; performing tasks).

Materials

- A copy of the In Conclusion Introduction Story, to teach drawing conclusions, on an overhead sheet (see Associated File).
- Overhead projector
- Worksheet with several short stories to check comprehension of drawing conclusions (see Associated File).

Preparations

- Prepare an overhead copy of the In Conclusion Introduction story (see Associated Files).
- Obtain an overhead projector
- Make enough copies of the In Conclusion worksheet (see Associated Files) for each student to have a copy.

Procedures

1. Display the In Conclusion Introduction story (see Associated Files) on the overhead projector.
2. Read the story with the students and discuss what conclusions they could draw from the information they read.
3. Record their answers on the overhead.
4. Relate to the children whether their answers were correct or not, and elaborate on the strategy of drawing conclusions.
5. Distribute the In Conclusion worksheet (see Associated Files).
6. Explain the directions for the worksheet, and do one of the examples with the students to ensure comprehension.
7. Have the students complete the In Conclusion worksheet. As students work, circulate through the room offering specific feedback which will help students learn about drawing conclusions.

Assessments

Use the In Conclusion worksheet to assess the studentsí understanding of viewpoint. The students should complete the worksheet with 80% accuracy. Students not receiving 80% accuracy should be retaught the information.

Extensions

Extensions
The students could read one half of a short story with a partner. Each student could then write questions about what might happen in the second half. They could give these questions to the other students to draw a conclusion. They could then read the rest of the short story together to see if their conclusions were correct. The children could then illustrate their conclusions.
Modifications
The students who have difficulty reading should work with a partner to enhance their comprehension of this reading skill.

Web Links

Web supplement for In Conclusion (Website verified 10/13/03-VCN)
Reading Comprehension Strategies Through Music and Sound

Web supplement for In Conclusion
FunBrain/Words/Word Confusion

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