The word “infer” is controversial in its usage. Some language sources accept it to mean “hint at” as in “Are you inferring I’m lazy?” However, most references present it as a synonym for “conclude.” It is primarily in this context that the words are used in the packet.
The unit provides a paragraph form for analytic writing and requires critical thinking skill.
Both fiction and non-fiction selections are included, along with an information handout explaining the definitions and usage of “infer,” “inference,” “conclude,” and “conclusion.” There are questions and exercises for practice.
The information sheet defines and explains the terms. A detailed example provides material for several conclusions and explains them using details for support. A photo is also provided to explain the concept of “reasonable” inference.
After reading the fiction selection, students will answer the questions, supplying details from the selection for support. The question answered in a paragraph will require several sentences. There may be more than one correct answer
Students follow the same process with the non-fiction reading.
The topic of the non-fiction is animal adaptation.