Making Inferences Worksheets

Related ELA Standard: RL.4.2

Core Standard

Inferences are decisions or deductions that you make when you have a good set of primary evidence to base it on. An inference is not subjective or an opinion to any level. You need plenty of cold hard facts to reach a level where you are highly confident to infer anything. I often ask students to underline key facts in whatever they are reading. This allows them to revisit what they have read and compile layers of evidentiary pieces to mount an inference. These worksheets will help students begin to understand the process of leaning into facts and making decisions based on those facts.

Steps to Making Solid Inferences

When you are presented with a question or argument you have to prepare to tackle it is always good to make inferences rather than guesses. Inferences are objective and it is hard to argue against facts. The first step you should take is to make sure that you understand the question or argument that you working with. Many students try to answer questions that they do not understand. Ask yourself if you could completely explain this to someone else, if so it's time to go after the answer and some facts to help us along. You can start by breaking the reading into pieces. Highlighters are a huge help in this stage of the process. Highlight or underline any facts you come across when viewing this material. Save this material for when you compose your thoughts into a writing or speech.

Now that you found your evidence it is time to put this to use. Review all of the evidence you have found and see if there is some sort of pattern or group that the evidence follows. Lump those pieces of evidence that are similar together. The final and most important goal is to piece these facts to help you frame your argument. You need to present the facts in a way that backs each of your assertions.







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