Make/explain an inference
Aligns with CCSSR1--read closely, then make logical inferences with evidence.

Guide to making inferences based on a painting.


Graphic Organizers to Develop Inferential Thinking

Each of these graphic organizers requires students to cite evidence in the graphic organizer to support Common Core Anchor Reading Standard 1:

Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it;

cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Fiction-Based Inference Guides

Interpret Feelings of Characters in a Story


Draw Conclusions—Fiction


I Can Identify and Infer Character Traits


I Can Infer Character Traits and Support with Evidence

I Can Infer the Main Idea/THEME of a Story

Explain Character Traits; Infer with Evidence (all grades--adaptable)

Explain Feelings (and clarify they're NOT traits): Explain Reasons (all grades--adaptable)

Their Words: Infer What People Might Feel, Say, Do

I Can Identify and Infer Motive


I Can Infer Motive and Effects for an Action


I Can Infer Motives


I Can Predict with Evidence from a Story


I Can Infer Predictions


I Can Infer Predictions Based on the Analysis of a Motive

I Can Identify and Infer Relationships


I Can Identify and Infer about a Story or Event


Fiction Readings with Inferential Questions


Nonfiction-Based Inference Guides


Inference Organizer


I Can Make an Inference


I Can Explain an Inference


I Can Infer the Author’s Purpose

Show Inferential Thinking

Cause and Effect Inference Maker


I Can Analyze and Infer Causes and Effects

Infer Traits and Feelings

What Happened, Why?

I Can Infer the Meaning of a Word in Context

I Can Infer the Main Idea When I Read primary


I Can Infer the Main Idea When I Read


I Can Infer the Main Idea of a Passage


Paragraph Reader: I Can Infer the Main Idea

Nonfiction Readings with Inferential Questions





Teacher's Toolkit to Guide Students to Infer the Main Idea of NONFICTION


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