Over the years, I have found that one of the most effective ways to strengthen inference skills is through the use of comics. Garfield is my character of choice for several reasons. First, I absolutely
adore him! Second, his comics lend themselves to inferencing on an elementary level. But, more importantly, he is a
character that the students actually begin to build a relationship with. They fall in love with his deadpan expressions and sarcastic attitude. They actually begin to understand that under his rough sardonic exterior lies a heart of gold. This is my first (in a series of five) PowerPoint which utilizes Garfield comics to teach inferencing. These can be utilized as a group activity/discussion or a daily writing activity. I incorporate one comic a day into the students' morning writing activity. I encourage you to take a look at the other four PowerPoints as well! Enjoy!