The best readers have many strategies they can use while reading, to help them better understand the text. The strategy that we are working on right now is inferring meaning, or drawing conclusions from texts that we're reading.
When we infer, we pause to reflect on what we're reading. Sometimes the author does not directly tell us what he or she is trying to say. When this happens, we pay specific attention to our inner "reading voice", and we use our schema and the text to infer meaning. These are the steps we take to infer:
We need to find clues to get some answers.
- We need to add those clues to what we already know or have read.
- There can be more than one correct answer.
- We need to be able to support inferences with the text and our schema.
Would you like to try it at home? Here are some graphic organizers for you to print out at home (with mom or dad's permission) and use while you are reading, to connect to the text.