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MAKING MEANING Making Inferences using Narrative Text
MAKING INFERENCES Good readers ask questions while they read. Sometimes the questions have answers that are directly stated in the text. Ex: In Van Gogh Café, we know that the main character’s name is Clara. We know this because the book states here name directly.
MAKING INFERENCES Sometimes, a reader’s questions are not directly answered in the text. In this case, the reader has to use a strategy called “inferring. ” This means that they use prior knowledge and clues from the story to find the answer. Ex: In Van Gogh Café the text does not directly state Clara’s mom and dad are divorced, but it gives us clues.
A TASTE OF THE TEXT “Marc bought the café seven years ago, and he is the one who painted purple hydrangeas all over the ladies’ bathroom and put the sign above the cash register. But the phonograph and the hen were already there when he arrived. Clara’s mother doesn’t like Kansas and she lives in New York City, where Clara visits her each June. But Clara preferred Kansas the moment she laid eyes on it. Kansas is like a tall person relaxing, she says. It seems right for her. ”
EXAMPLE OF INFERRING? Which of the choices on the next slide is a clue as to whether or not Clara’s parents may be divorced?
A TASTE OF TEXT “Clara is not surprised the possum has gone away. Things are always changing at the Van Gogh Café, and something new is sure to happen soon. Perhaps when lighting strikes…”
YOU RESPOND… What can you infer will happen next in the story? Write your answer on the next slide. Do NOT draw pictures.
YOU RESPOND… Tell me what it means to “infer” as a reader on the next slide. Do NOT draw pictures.
NEXT INSTRUCTIONS Use sticky notes today as you read to mark inference clues to the questions you asked about your book. Fill out your sheet while you read. Good luck!!