Understanding Texts and Making Inferences:
Thieves Among the Pyramids
Often, understanding texts involved comprehending only what is directly stated. Sometimes however, understanding text requires making inferences, which means reading “between the lines” to extend the provided information. Inferences are based on careful study of what is stated in the passage as well as your own common sense and previous knowledge.
1. Skim the passage to get an idea what the passage is about
2. To understand unfamiliar vocabulary words, look at the context in which they appear.
3. Examine word parts, which also can help you understand vocabulary. The addition of a prefix and/or a suffix can change a word’s meaning
4. Read the stated facts and ideas. Recognize inferenced that are already made
5. Skim the question to help you focus on pertinent information before re-reading the passage carefully.
1. It is clear from the passage that Egyptian Kings…
a. Did not believe in an afterlife…?
b. Mistreated the people who built their tomb…?
c. Preferred small simple tombs…?
d. Were often buried with a great deal of wealth…?
2. Laboriously means…?
b. Requiring hard work
d. Using dynamite
3. How can the authors be certain that tomb robbing flourished in ancient Egypt? Support your answer with details from the passage