Make Inferences and Draw Conclusions

Readers make decisions or form opinions based on information they read. When readers make an inference or draw a conclusion, they try understand by using clues from the text and what they know from previous experiences. The conclusion is reached after thinking about details and facts. Thoughtful readers synthesize and evaluate information based on prior knowledge. Readers examine an author’s conclusion and evaluate the supporting details. Readers collect and question details in order to draw conclusions or evaluate conclusions written by the author. They go beyond the literal meaning of text to derive interpretative meanings.

Guiding Questions:

  • What conclusions can be made based on the details and facts described?
  • Do the facts add up? How do you know the facts are accurate?
  • What evidence does the author provide to support the decision to...?
  • What facts led to the author’s conclusions?
  • What facts/details support the author’s conclusions?
  • What facts were revealed by the following clues…?
  • What clues led to your conclusion?