Inferring/TIPS

Forming a conclusion about the author’s meaning using background knowledge and textual clues

Steps to Inferring:

  • Preview text features and predict.
  • Identify text structure.
  • View/listen/read the text to make inferences or “read between the lines”:
    -Look at specific text clues
    -Incorporate your background knowledge
    -Make an inference
    -Check to make sure all clues match your inference
  • Summarize the key points and main idea

Inferring “formula”:
Textual Clues + Background Knowledge = Inference
From______ and knowing that______, I can infer______.


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Inferring formative assessment

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