Understanding Inferences: An Essential Building Block

Imagine if all books were written in a literal stance. Reading would be a bore! I’m delighted and thankful for inferences; when I’m reading, I transform into a detective who’s compiling all of the evidence that the author presents. Understanding inferences is a fourth-grade foundation. In the hierarchy of reading skills, it shapes a student’s critical-thinking ability. As educators, it’s crucial that we teach this skill effectively and purposefully. Inferences break through the analysis level of Bloom’s Taxonomy; typically, when students consistently use inferences appropriately it attributes to high levels of reading achievement in multiple disciplines.

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