Cinder-Eyed Cats- Asking Questions and Making Inferences

posted Dec 13, 2016, 4:47 PM by Patrick Johnson
Today we read and discussed the story: The Cinder-Eyed Cats by Eric Rohmann

Students had the opportunity to listen to the story and write their wonderings on stickies. After we read the story, we sorted the stickies into 2 groups:
1) Questions where answers could be found right in the text 
2) Questions where we had to use some of our own knowledge to try and answer (making inferences)

We used a Q-chart to help generate questions before we read the story, during the story as well after we read the story.

Interestingly, many of the wonderings students had went beyond the text. For example:
Who was the boy?
Why was the fish sand sculpture alive?
Where was the boy going in the boat at the end of the story?
Where did the whales disappear to?
How can the boat be flying?
Why were the creatures flying?
Were the Cinder Cats real?

We then tried to answer these questions.

To answer these questions, we had to make interpretations of the text. We had to make inferences.

For example, we discussed why the boat was flying. We discussed that this was because it represented a dream and being asleep. When the boat goes away at dawn, it means the boy is about to wake up. 

We looked for evidence in the text to support these interpretations. How do we know this is about dreaming and sleeping? 

Our wonderings made us go deeper into the text.