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Guided reading - how do you teach inference and deduction?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by eggles, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. My new class as of September are poor in reading for understanding and the next steps of inference and deduction, I am struggling with how to teach this to my new year 6 class. Can anyone help?
  2. I would say LOTS of discussion about what they have read - why do you think that, what do you think aobut this, what do you think this tells us about that, what do you think so and so thinks about this character , why, what makes you think that.. Try and get them thinking past the words on the page. You could also do lots of work through drama about showing not telling - how do you know that he/she is angry etc.
    Good luck!
  3. TweedJacket

    TweedJacket New commenter

  4. The book recommended by tweedjacket is brilliant and really helped me with my Year 6s. Definitely worth buying. Don't buy the other books in the series-for maths and writing- though as I did, they are nowhere near as good.
  5. I use these question keys of the lancs site as a start and just change the examples depending on what text I am using which has really helped the children understand the different types of questions. I also use blooms taxonomy to get them to devise their own inference and deduction questions. we do this from Year 3 which the year 6 teacher really likes as they are really familiar with inference and deduction then by Year 6!


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