Students need to learn how to make generalizations during reading. This Smartboard lesson explains what generalizations are, gives clue words to look for, and provides plenty of practice identifying and making valid or faulty generalizations. (Have students take notes on these in interactive reading notebook). Students need to be aware of how to form opinions and make judgments about the author's written words. They need to notice examples and facts stated and use self-questioning techniques while reading. These steps will help students identify and make generalizations about the text read. This skill is one addressed on standardized tests. If students use the clue words, they can easily eliminate some multiple choice responses that are incorrect.