Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison Book Club Focused on Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions

Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison Book Club Focused on Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions

Teach students how to make inferences using the features of nonfiction text with Marfe Ferguson Delano’s Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. This nonfiction text is filled with engaging photographs of Edison and his work, captions, quotations, a timeline, and an index to aid readers in deeply understanding this gifted inventor.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 3 book club meetings focused on Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • Note: This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison by Marfe Ferguson Delano. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Teach students how to make inferences using the features of nonfiction text with Marfe Ferguson Delano’s Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. This nonfiction text is filled with engaging photographs of Edison and his work, captions, quotations, a timeline, and an index to aid readers in deeply understanding this gifted inventor.
  • Included in this resource
  • Lesson plans for 3 book club meetings focused on Making Inferences & Drawing Conclusions
  • Chapter by chapter discussion questions and key vocabulary
  • Book Club calendar
  • Conversation prompts
  • Student self-evaluations forms
  • Reading response board
  • Culminating activity
  • Instructional focus assessment, answer key, and rubric
  • This set of instructional resources is for use with the book Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison by Marfe Ferguson Delano. A copy of the book is not included in this set of resources.
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Book Club resources

The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

The instructional overview includes instructional background for making inferences, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison Book Club.

This first Book Club meeting introduces students to making inferences while reading a nonfiction text. Using Marfe Ferguson Delano's photobiography of Thomas Edison, readers will practice inferring character traits of Thomas Edison using their background knowledge, the text, and the various features of nonfiction text.

Author Marfu00e9 Ferguson Delano relies on photographs and captions to help tell the story of Thomas Edison's life in Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison. This meeting contains an interactive activity that reviews the features of nonfiction text and the role that they play in helping the reader make logical inferences.

This final Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison Book Club meeting engages students in a discussion how to use the features of nonfiction text to make inferences in their future reading and provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate how their inferences helped them get to know Thomas Edison as a person.

Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with making inferences.
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Book Title:
Inventing the Future: A Photobiography of Thomas Alva Edison
Book Author:
Marfe Ferguson Delano
Grade Level:
4
Genre(s):
Biography, Nonfiction
F&P Guided Reading Level:
R
DRA Level:
40
Reading Recovery Level:
40
Theme(s):
Family, History, STEAM / STEM, Growth Mindset, Perseverance
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Common Core Alignment: RI.4.1, RI.4.2, RI.4.3, RI.4.4, RI.4.5, RI.4.7, RI.4.8, RI.4.10, RF.4.3, RF.4.4, W.4.8, L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6, W.4.9
Vocabulary Connections: L.4.4a, L.4.5c, L.4.6
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