About This Teaching Strategy
Inferencing requires students to take something from the text, combine it with some existing background knowledge, and make a new connection. It is a vital skill that students must develop in order to interpret and write convincingly about the texts that they are studying. Students, however, often need support in moving beyond the literal meaning of a text to make inferences about the significance of any language and/or content. Teaching students how to infer, naming that process for them, and giving them opportunities to practise inferring orally will help prepare them to transfer that skill to their written analysis.