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How do I write a lesson plan to teach drawing conclusions about the main character and tie it the state standards, the objective, and the assessment? I am writing a lesson plan to teach the critical thinking skill of drawing logical conclusions to a 6th grade class using the book Brian's Winter as an anchor for the lesson, as per the assignment to choose a narrative book as an anchor to teach critical thinking skills  I thought I would teach drawing conclusion about the main character, but I don't know how to base the lesson on the Indiana state standards because I also have to write the lesson's objective and assessment based on the state standard, yet the lesson plan is on teaching critical thinking skills.  I need insight/guidance on how to do this AND how to write the lesson plan its self. The lesson plan includes modeling, guided and independent practices, and a measurable assessment.    

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You need to choose the state standard in which drawing conclusions fits.  My assumption, upon reviewing the Indiana State Stadards for 6th grade, would be that it fits into this one:

EL.6.3 2006 - READING: Comprehension and Analysis of Literary Text - Students read and respond to grade-level-appropriate historically or culturally significant works of literature. The selections in the Indiana Reading List illustrate the quality and complexity of the materials to be read by students.

Drawing conclusions about Brian would be considered an analysis of a literary work.  So your objective - which should be measurable - would concern drawing conclusions as literary analysis.


Objective: Students will be able to use critical thinking skills to draw conclusions about Brian's actions as connected to his character.

Measureable Assessment Indicator: My students will draw three conclusions about Brian's actions that prove he has changed as a result of his surroundings.

To plan your lesson, make sure you tell the students what you are expecting them to learn and what you expect the outcome to be. 

Then you model.  Your model should be you drawing a conclusion, either about Brian or a character in another familiar story, and showing how it relates to his experiences.

Then consider reading a short passage from Brian's Winter, having students draw conclusions as a guided, whole class approach before letting them attempt the three on their own.

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