Monday, March 18, 2013

Inferences Today

Readers make inferences when they combine the words of the author with the background knowledge to draw conclusions while the act of summarizing involves determining what's important enough to remember.  What educators need to realize is that our students already have the concept of inferring and the ability to do it without ever knowing a term for it.  While in the past, educators have named and defined the strategy of inferring, introducing the concept now involves with a modeled demonstration while thinking aloud about a piece of text.  

As educators, we should strive to be more aware about the concept of inferring, allow even the youngest readers many opportunities for inferring within their books, and share and model ideas to illustrate the importance  of summarizing.  

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