I went down to the river, I set down on the bank. I tried to think but couldn't, So I jumped in and sank. I came up once and hollered! I came up twice and cried! If that water hadn't a-been so cold I might've sunk and died. But it was Cold in that water! It was cold! I took the elevator Sixteen floors above the ground. I thought about my baby And thought I would jump down.
Life is Fine Langston Hughes (1902-1967)
I stood there and I hollered! I stood there and I cried! If it hadn't a-been so high I might've jumped and died. But it was High up there! It was high! So, since I'm still here liven', I guess I will live on. I could've died for love— But for living' I was born Though you may hear me holler, And you may see me cry— I'll be dogged, sweet baby, If you gonna see me die. Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
Making inferences is using what you know to make an educated guess about something. When making inferences, it is important to use the context of the text or situation. Making inferences helps you better understand the text or situation.
Inference: Drawing conclusions based on evidence. Inference is the ability to draw conclusions from information available to you. Observation: Gathering information by using your senses. It is the act of taking notice of something and recording information about it. Inductive Reasoning: Using prior information and observations to form a logical conclusion. This type of reasoning is used to determine the probability of future events.
Making inferences is a skill used to make educated guesses based on observations and experience. It is a form of critical thinking that helps us better understand our environment. Making inferences is used in many professions, such as law enforcement, science, and medicine. Making inferences can also help us to better understand literature, as it allows us to draw conclusions based on the text.
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Work together in pairs: What are the two main steps to making an inference?
What conclusions can you draw about the main character's personality based on their actions and dialogue in the story?
Work together in pairs: What is one example of an inference you can make from a text or conversation?
Brain break: Draw a hamburguer talking to an apple about their favorite series to watch.
What is an inference?
- An opinion based on personal beliefs
- A statement of fact
- A conclusion drawn from evidence and reasoning
What are some clues that help you make inferences?
- Context, background knowledge, and text evidence
- Opinions, beliefs, and emotions
- Facts, statistics, and data
Which of the following is an example of making an inference?
- 'I bet it's cold.'
- It's raining outside.
- She has a red umbrella.
Why is making inferences important for reading comprehension?
- It helps readers memorize information better.
- It helps readers guess what will happen next.
- It helps readers understand what's not explicitly stated in the text.
What might be a consequence of failing to make accurate inferences while reading?
- Developing good critical thinking skills.
- Losing interest in reading altogether.
- Misunderstanding important information or ideas presented by the author.