Making inferences is the process of judging, concluding, or reasoning. When students make predictions before or during reading, they are making inferences. Research has indicated that making inferences is an important strategy that is vital to comprehension. It is important during class discussions for the teacher to model how to make interpretations that can be supported by evidence from the text. The way that I do this is by using “think aloud” to show the thought process that is involved in reaching the interpretation. There are many strategies for making inferences. The strategy that I’m presenting here is a strategy called “Question…It says … I say …and so…” which is used by all teachers in my school. Since my students have a hard time interpreting the graphic organizer that the school provided me, I came up with a type of visual representation to teach this strategy. Since I’m using these posters, I noticed that my students are doing much better interpreting a concept and making conclusions. These posters can be used for all grade levels and for all subject areas.
The set of posters include:
-One big poster (I place it on the board to be used during whole group instruction)
¿Cuál es la pregunta?
¿Qué dice el libro?
¿Qué digo yo?
¿Entonces, cuál es la respuesta?
-Four big posters (Broken down into the four steps mentioned above. To be used during whole group instruction)
-Four small cards (I use these during small groups)