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    By hljg

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    I usually begin teaching inferencing with pictures. There are no words in pictures but we discuss how we can learn many things just by looking at the picture. What is going on, where it might be, how the people are feeling, etc. Then we transfer this info. to simple texts that I model the thinking out loud of how to "read between the lines" linking this to the picture examples. (Did the picture tell you that he was happy? No, how did you know? The person was smiling, laughing etc. Did the author tell you he was happy? No, how did you know? It said the person smiled when talking or laughed or whatever the case may be.) We then just build on this; moving to more complex texts over time.

    I hope this makes sense. It seems to have worked well with my 3rd graders.

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