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Teaching children to deduce, infer or interpret information, events or ideas from texts.

Discussion in 'Primary' started by everandever, Jan 18, 2011.

  1. Recently attended an inservice on this topic that was really useful:

    - First, teach that inference is what is shown, not what is told, eg. Joe had tears rolling down his cheeks, not Joe was sad.
    - Then, identify any clues in your background knowledge and connections (to self/world/other texts) on the topic.
    - Next, identify the text clues, such as key vocabulary and ideas of importance.
    - Finally, you combine the two to draw an inference.

    Our instructor recommended starting with oral language exercises and drama, using think alouds in shared reading, linking emotions and characters with 'show don't tell' statements, and using a sentence of the day to determine the inference.
  2. Hya ever and ever.... have u got any resources or other information from ur training on inferences? Ur explanation sounds very interesting.

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