The basis of “inference” is “infer.” Use word parts to determine a general meaning of this word.
In-Class Exercise 4.2: Inferences
- Watch the video “Introduction to Reading Skills: Making Inferences” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acZzllpIYz4). In your Literacy Journal, take notes from the video, and answer the following:
- Define Inference
- Describe an inference you made today.
- Practice Inferring. Read the story below about Paul and Alice. Create a table, like the one below to help you tease out the details and build a reasonable inference.
Every day after work Paul took his muddy boots off on the steps of the front porch. Alice would have a fit if the boots made it so far as the welcome mat. He then took off his dusty overalls and threw them into a plastic garbage bag; Alice left a new garbage bag tied to the porch railing for him every morning. On his way in the house, he dropped the garbage bag off at the washing machine and went straight up the stairs to the shower as he was instructed. He would eat dinner with her after he was “presentable,” as Alice had often said.
What the text says
My Life Experience/Observations
Inference of what this means
3. Summarize Paul and Alice’s relationship.
4. How did you draw these conclusions about Paul and Alice’s relationship?