Making Inferences in Fiction

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Inferences in Fictional Texts
Inferences in Fictional Texts
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Inferences in Fictional Texts
Give your students practice with inferences using short fictional texts before asking them to apply the skill to a longer text of their choice.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
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What's the Theme? Analyzing Character Motivation
Bring theme to life with Chris Van Allsburg's *The Sweetest Fig*, a story with a great message for young readers to discover. This lesson pairs a wonderful read-aloud with activities and fun videos to keep your students engaged.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Venn Diagram Collage
Venn Diagram Collage
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Venn Diagram Collage
Arts and crafts, Venn diagrams, and literature all come together as students compare and contrast stories. Opportunities for student creativity are endless!
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Text Connections
Making Text Connections
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Making Text Connections
This lesson helps your students practice making text connections so they can write about their reading. It can be taught on its own or serve as a precursor to the Reading Response Letters lesson.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Determining a Character's Motivation
Determining a Character's Motivation
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Determining a Character's Motivation
Students will use a word bank and sentence frames to think about what motivates people.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Making Strong Inferences
Making Strong Inferences
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Making Strong Inferences
Making inferences is a key skill to master before going on to read more difficult fictional texts in fifth grade. This lesson helps your students solidify their inference skills with a focus on citing evidence in fictional text.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
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Three Times a Charm! Close Reading with Annotations
In fifth grade, students are expected to analyze complex texts on a deeper level. Teach your students to use close reading strategies, like rereading and annotation symbols, to dive deeper into fictional texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Peter Pan and Neverland
Peter Pan and Neverland
Workbook
Peter Pan and Neverland
Kids can fly by character analysis, comparative reading and writing, that revolves around a fun chapter of a classic book. Follow the Darlings toward Neverland on the way to improved reading skills.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Myths and Man
Myths and Man
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Myths and Man
Popular fiction throughout the ages colors the way people speak. In this short lesson, students will read a myth and non-fiction paragraph in order to identify and define words that come from mythology.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: Peter Pan
Reading Comprehension: Peter Pan
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Reading Comprehension: Peter Pan
Familiarize your child with Peter Pan, one of the most enduring character of children's literature, with this reading comprehension worksheet.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Rudyard Kipling's Famous Folk Tales
Rudyard Kipling's Famous Folk Tales
Workbook
Rudyard Kipling's Famous Folk Tales
This abridged collection of classic Rudyard Kipling tales is paired with coloring pages and reading comprehension activities that will challenge and entertain your young reader.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
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Evidence + Background Knowledge = Inference
In this inference lesson plan, your students will use evidence and background knowledge to make inferences in a variety of media including artwork, fictional stories, and even a short film.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Analyzing Visual Elements
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Analyzing Visual Elements
Give students many opportunities to see how visuals can influence a story's meaning. Show off your acting skills and read a great book to help them learn!
5th grade
Reading & Writing
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Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
Worksheet
Reading Comprehension: Stuffed Elephant
Improve your child's reading comprehension, and introduce her to a classic children's story, with this worksheet on The Story of a Stuffed Elephant.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
From Page to Screen
From Page to Screen
Workbook
From Page to Screen
Research, review, and read about classic and contemporary tales for kids! Analyze and explore five books and their movie adaptations in this writing workbook for avid readers and budding film buffs.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Inferring With Pictures
Inferring With Pictures
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Inferring With Pictures
In this lesson, the class will review what it means to make an inference. After you model how to make an inference in a painting using your schema, your students will work in groups to analyze additional paintings to make more inferences.
2nd grade
Reading & Writing
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Valentine's Day Busy Book
Valentine's Day Busy Book
Workbook
Valentine's Day Busy Book
Explore Valentine's Day with this mix of puzzles, reading, recipes, printable valentines and more! With a balance of sweet and educational, this book makes the day perfectly palatable for 4th graders.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Where Am I?, Understanding Plot Lesson Part IIII
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Where Am I?, Understanding Plot Lesson Part IIII
Sometimes authors choose to describe their setting for readers to imagine, but don't actually tell them where the story is set! In this lesson, students will learn to deduce settings from context.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Inferences & Evidence
Inferences & Evidence
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Inferences & Evidence
Students can use this graphic organizer to make inferences as they read fiction or nonfiction texts.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
The Serum Run
The Serum Run
Workbook
The Serum Run
This workbook is swift to get through, much like the mushers who participated in The Great Race of Mercy. Through reading passages and math problems learn about the event that saved lives.
5th grade
Social studies
Workbook
Making Inferences: Where Are They?
Making Inferences: Where Are They?
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Making Inferences: Where Are They?
This reading resource gives your students practice using text clues and background knowledge to make inferences about characters.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Asian Mythology
Asian Mythology
Workbook
Asian Mythology
If your kids are looking for new reading material, hand them these! Enjoy these diverse fairy tales that come from all over the continent of Asia.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Tracking Character Traits
Tracking Character Traits
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Tracking Character Traits
With this reading exercise, students will identify a character’s traits and provide evidence from the text.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
“I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song
“I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song
Worksheet
“I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song
Children are introduced to two beautiful examples of the power of words in this “I Have a Dream" Speech and "My Country ‘Tis of Thee" Song worksheet.
4th grade
Social studies
Worksheet
Calling All Homophones
Calling All Homophones
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Calling All Homophones
Write right with homophones! This interactive lesson will help students with their understanding of homophones by differentiating homophones through motion and how they are used in sentences.
4th grade
Reading & Writing
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Making Inferences in Fiction

An important step in the reading process is making inferences based on background knowledge of a text. Older students who make inferences on fictional texts or images show that they are thinking deeper about the material. The resource center has dozens of engaging and challenging guided lessons, thoughtful workbooks and more so students can learn to make predictions, draw conclusions and think critically.

Thinking Critically: Resources on Making Inferences of Fictional Texts

Getting students to do their homework is one thing, getting students to think is another. The Learning Library’s sources on making inferences on fictional texts provide tools such as polished printable worksheets, enticing hands-on activities and extensive workbooks. The inference lessons promote a better understanding of materials and a better appreciation for them as well.

There are eight comprehensive printable workbooks for fourth and fifth graders such as Peter Pan and Neverland and Asian Mythology. The popular courses teach kids how to interpret famous stories and how to draw their own conclusions about their messages.

For one-off lessons, educators and parents can choose from a selection of printable worksheets that were created by skilled teachers. Students can make their own comic strips or read an abridged version of the Shakespeare tragedy “Romeo and Juliet” complete with comprehension questions. Other assignments teach students about character traits and how to determine a character motivation.

The Resource Library’s sources on inferences on fictional texts will have kids reading between the lines in no time.