It’s taken me a while to come up with a solid routine to teach inferences. This lesson plan is the culmination of several semesters worth of practice. The lesson includes a slideshow that uses a visual example to help students practice the difference between random guesses and inference.
After introducing the idea of inferences and doing a couple practice activities, students work together in groups to complete the group practice handout that requires the use of inference to answer questions about a reading the students have been working on in class.
The handout has questions for a short story called “The Meeting.” If you’re interested in accessing and using the story, TESOL Planner has a unit created around it. You could also save your own copy of the handout and change the reading and questions to reflect what you’re doing in class.
Group Inference Practice
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