# Making an Inference Reading Between the Lines. What Is an Inference? An inference is something that you conclude based partly on evidence and party on.

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Making an Inference Reading Between the Lines

What Is an Inference? An inference is something that you conclude based partly on evidence and party on your own knowledge. You read something, add what you know to it, and draw a conclusion. You put “two and two together.” What I Read +What I Already Know =What I Infer A character has tears in his eyes and is walking with his head down. People with tears in their eyes and who hang their heads are often sad. The character might feel sad.

Tips for Making Inferences Make sure your inferences rely mainly on the author’s words rather than your own feelings. Your goal is to read the author’s mind, not invent your own message. Check to see if your inference has been proven wrong by any statements in the story. Identify the statements that led you to your inference. Remember, an inference is an evidence-based guess.

Making Inferences When Reading The school is brightly lit, even though it is 7 p.m. Parents rush from the parking lot into the front door. Inside the school, the principal and teachers welcome parents and invite them into their classrooms. Posters hang on the walls of the school that say, “Welcome Parents.” Have parents come to the school for a board meeting or for open house?

What I Read + What I Already Know = 1. The time is 7:00 p.m..1. Every year, my school has an open house where parents are invited to visit and meet teachers. 2. Parents are coming to the school.2. Open house is held in the evening. 3. Teachers and principal are there welcoming parents. 3. (Do I know more?)

What I Infer Have the parents come for a board meeting or for open house? Inference = Parents have come for open house.

Based on the events described in this story, the reader can infer that Soledad is A. sleepy. B. careful. C. mean. D. careless.

Answer: B Think about the way Soledad acts in her mission to pull a prank on her brother. She is calculating about the steps and breaths that she takes. She takes great care to not make any noise to give away her location as she's creeping up on David. Even though it's never stated, this approach takes a great deal of care and planning.

What can the reader infer by the narrator's statement, "He had simply left his cap on the couch, and it looked like he was watching television"? A. David is lucky. B. David is clever. C. David is angry. D. David is bossy.

Answer: B The passage never directly states that David is clever, but his actions suggest he is so sly when planning pranks that Soledad never sees him coming. David seems to get the best of Soledad. By placing his hat in a position for Soledad to think it's him and then turning around and scaring her, it shows how clever he is at setting up a prank.

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