Grade 4 ELA: Making Inferences Using Details and the Main Idea RI.4.1
This English Language Arts Common Core video features fourth grade students from LP Quinn Elementary School in Tupper Lake, NY. The lesson focuses on RI.4.1: Refer to details in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. The students worked in groups to identify the main idea of the text, but also to find the deeper meaning behind what the author was trying to say. The teacher wants her students to be able to answer the question, "What is an inference?" and figure out what the author wants the reader to know. In groups, the students worked together to find details to support their main ideas and then figure out how the evidence fits together to make an inference about the topic.