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# OMG!!! Making Inferences

After reading the passage the students began to answer questions that required them to make an inference. The students were unable to make an inference because they continued to rely solely on their background knowledge instead of using text evidence and their background knowledge to form a logical inference.

So, after a few failed attempts I wrote the inference formula on the board text + background knowledge = inference. This formula gave the students a guide to help them used what they knew and text evidence to make a inference. The template above it requires the students to incorporate accountable talks as well as use their background knowledge and text evidence to make a “logical” inference. While going through the lesson I realized that if a student is missing the background knowledge he/she will not be able to make an inference even with the inference formula. I then had to front load information about the Grand Canyon to give those students the missing piece to the inference formula.

### 3 thoughts on “OMG!!! Making Inferences”

1. I thank you for sharing your example of students adding extra details to a text which may lead them to making faulty inferences. Your observation is meaningful because as a teacher, I will be more observant to ensure that students are using details from the text only combined with their experience/ personal knowledge to make an inference.

Thanks!

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