Close Reading/ Inferences

The Junkyard Wonders - Patricia Polacco

This book would work great in a 3rd grade setting with close reading. The students would make inferences about the overall message of the book based upon the characters problems, motivation, and feelings. The children can work in groups when they discuss their interpretations on the overall meaning and bounce ideas off one another to get a better understanding of inferences. They are having to use the text to know the problems, motivation, and feelings of the character so it is also a good way to teach them how to go back to the text and find what you are looking for. I could do an individual assessment based upon questions about the book. This will guide me on knowing more about their comprehension and inferences.