Inferences – Reading Between the Lines

What is an inference?


Practice #1

"Rain lashed against the windows as Jane stamped up and down the room stopping only to check the time on the mantle clock every five minutes. Her book, bought with such enthusiasm the day before, was flung carelessly in the corner beside the abandoned picnic basket. Jane stamped her feet and began to repeat her earlier tedious complaints against nature. Emily merely smiled to herself and carried on reading the newspaper without as much as a nod of the head”

Inference Question
It says
(Text clues)
I know
(Background knowledge)
So I infer
(My inference answer)
What were Jane’s plans for the day?



What is the author’s opinion of Jane?




Practice #2

"Only those of an imposing stature were chosen to play football by the natural team leaders who emerged every recess. My chore was to sit behind the goal at the river end of the field and retrieve any balls stupid enough to avoid the grasp of Chad Knight or "Major" as he was referred to in whispers by most of the younger students.
Sometimes this meant removing my sneakers and socks - if I happened to be wearing any that day. This particular day the water was higher than usual and as I tried to reach the ball I slipped off the slimy rock on which I perched and plunged into the murky wetness.
While this was bad enough, I stood up just in time to see my left sneaker float down the river and disappear under the bridge.
The roars of laughter and finger pointing were nothing compared to what I would have to endure when I went home without shoes!"

Inference Question
It says
(Text clues)
I know
(Background knowledge)
So I infer
(My inference answer)
What kind of football player is the narrator?



Is the narrator’s family wealthy?




Practice #3

Inference Question
It says
(Text clues)
I know
(Background knowledge)
So I infer
(My inference answer)
P. 31
Why is Baba disinterested in Amir?



p. 54
? What is Hassan’s “second face”?