This week we’ll focus on mentor texts for teaching the reading comprehension strategy, making inferences. This is a tough strategy for some kids to grasp. You need just the right picture book to model it, especially for first timers. I made this collage back in the Fall for Pinterest to showcase just a few books that have worked well for me with my students.
Take a look:
Today, I’m going to talk about using The Raft by Jim La Marche for a mentor text. First of all, inferences aside, may I just say how much I LOVE this book? It became a fast favorite for my students too. We always seemed to reference back to it in book discussions.
If you are introducing how to make inferences with your class, this is a great book to start. Nicky is sent to his eccentric Grandmother’s house for the summer. Being a total city kid, Nicky does not like the idea of being in the country all summer long. He discovers an old raft and some curious animal drawings on it. As the story unfolds, find out how Nicky develops a love of nature and actually enjoys becoming a “river rat.”
The book’s illustrations help to support you when you’re modeling this strategy quite nicely, so that is a real plus if you’re teaching inferences to a group for the first time. I’ve always used the following inference formula which has been around for a long time, thanks to books like Strategies That Work and Mosaic of Thought:
*Note to fellow teacher bloggers: If you’d like to link up your post with a mentor text about this literacy topic, THANK YOU!
Here is a link to the Mentor Monday button I’ve created.
Please use it at the beginning of your post to make it easily recognizable on all link-ups. Also, please name your post Mentor Monday Linky 2/3/14: Making Inferences. You’ll find the link-up at the end of this post. It will stay open until 2/5/14.
I’m so excited to read your posts to learn about some other great picture books. Thank you for visiting my blog today! I’d love for you to follow me on Bloglovin‘ by clicking the heart on the blue book in the right sidebar. Please come back each week for Mentor Monday! :))