Springfield Adult Learning Center

Inference Practice

Answer the questions by making inferences from each passage.

The term "inference" refers to the practice of using observation and background knowledge to determine a conclusion that makes sense.

Authors don't always provide all of the necessary information for understanding their work. Readers must sometimes infer the intended meaning that an author is trying to express. Making an inference involves looking beyond what an author directly states to understand what they're trying to indirectly state.

Consider the following example:

"Justin is wearing two sweatshirts and a scarf today."

We can make an inference from this statement that the temperature today is probably cold.

Follow the on-screen instructions in the activity below.