Improving Comprehension Skills- Making Inferences

Inference is a “foundational skill” because inferring requires higher order thinking skills, it can be difficult for many students. However, it can be taught through explicit instruction in inferential strategies What It Means To Infer  Stopping to think and rereading if necessary  Connecting what you know to the words and pictures  Recapping what has happened so far…

Tips for Answering Multiple Choice Comprehension Questions

1. Read the passage more than once to ensure that you understand it fully. 2. Look at the questions after you feel that the passage is clear to you. 3. Make sure you understand the instruction clearly.      For example, should you choose the best answer, or are you supposed to be identifying an      alternative that is…

How to identify the Writer’s Tone, Purpose and Intention

The Author’s Tone: If the author was speaking to you, what would it sound like? Is the author passionate about the topic? Sarcastic? Neutral? Is the author arousing emotions? Does it evoke feelings of sympathy, anger, happiness or sadness? Looking at the author’s tone can lead the reader to the overall purpose.   The Author’s Purpose An author’s purpose is the…