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What is inferring, anyway? Well, here's our fancy educators' definition:
Readers think about and search the text, and sometimes use personal knowledge to construct meaning beyond what is literally stated.

But for your students, try this:

Use clues to figure out what it really means.

So what are we trying to do here? Here's how you'll know when your students get it!


Learning Objectives for Inferring:
The student will be able to infer meaning from what was read to help comprehend text and solve problems across the curriculum.

A

Can the student communicate that inferring means constructing meaning beyond what is literally stated? (what)
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B

Can the student communicate that inferring is used while reading the text and is often combined with other strategies? (when)
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C

Can the student communicate that inferring expands understanding by helping the reader discover what is implied but not explicitly stated by the author and/or illustrator? (why)
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D

Can the student communicate that to infer, readers think about and search the text, and sometimes use personal knowledge to construct meaning beyond what is literally stated? (how)
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E
Can the student use inferring in responding to a variety of texts in a variety of ways?
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So, how do you make it happen?

  1. Watch the videos and discuss them with your class.
  2. Do the student activity on this Web site. (Coming this spring)
  3. Talk about inferring all year long.
  4. Try these lesson ideas in your classroom.

A production of Wisconsin Media Labs: wimedialab.org