Use Details and Examples
When reading literature, it is important to recall explicit examples from text so that you can understand the most important details and events of the story. In addition to recalling specific examples from text to answer basic comprehension questions, you can also use story details to make inferences.
When you make inferences, you use what you’ve read in addition to what you already know to fill in information that is not stated in a selection. You can use inferences to better understand a text and answer questions about it. To make inferences, ask yourself what information is missing from a text. Then think about your own experiences and other texts you’ve read to help you answer these questions. Here is a helpful visual to show you how inferring works:
Note the kinds of inferences that you might make while reading the text.
|I will read…||I might make inferences about…|
|Fiction/Drama||characters’ actions, events, the author’s message|
|Poetry||the speaker’s meaning, the author’s message|
Now look at the model for making inferences in a fictional story.