Identifying evidence from the text

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza explains to two students how to find and use evidence from the text while reading a picture-book version of Cinderella.

Teacher: Clara Gonzales-Espinoza
Grade: 5
School Name: Emerson Elementary School, Albuquerque, NM

Identifying evidence from the text

Clara discusses the shift of delving into the text for evidence and guides two students through that shift in the classroom.

Standards

Reading Standards for Literature (K-5)

  • Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says and when drawing inferences. (RL 4.1)
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text and summarize the text. (RL 4.2)
  • Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. (RL 5.1)
  • Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. (RL 5.2)

Speaking and Listening Standards (K-5)

  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (SL 4.1)
  • Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 5 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly. (SL 5.1)

Discussion Questions

  • What differences do you see in the standards from one grade to the next?
  • How would you modify this Grade 4 lesson if you wanted to use it with Grade 5 students?

Lesson Summary

In this classroom clip, Albuquerque teacher Clara Gonzales-Espinoza explains to two students how to find and use evidence from the text while reading a picture-book version of Cinderella. She encourages her students to differentiate between the information they learn from illustrations and from the text and also introduces them to the concept of "inference."

Things to watch for:

  • Small group instruction
  • Review of specific details such as character, plot, and dialogue from the story
  • Extended interaction between the students and teacher
  • Higher level thinking in the class discussion

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