Most of your courses involve reading texts—course syllabi, handouts, essays,
and textbook chapters. Even visual media, such as films, are considered
"texts" to be read and understood by the viewer. But not
all of the ideas in a text are stated directly. You must often
"read between the lines" to interpret what an author is
saying. That is, you need to make inferences, and this requires
your own participation as much as the author's. To make reasonable
inferences, you not only need to carefully observe the details
in the text, but you need to contribute your own knowledge and
experiences. But how do you know which inferences are "reasonable"
and which ones are not? This workshop will help you make reasonable
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of this activity, you should be able to:
- Distinguish between "reasonable inferences" (plausible) and "unreasonable inferences" (contradictory or unfounded)
- Identify the key components of reading for inferences
- Apply the above skills to various aspects of written and visual texts
Before you start, you'll need to make sure you that have the
handouts for this activity and the Supplemental Learning
Workbook. If you don't, ask a tutor to help you.
Begin the Activity
Once you have all the needed materials, you
may procede to the activity by clicking on the button below.
If at any time you need help, please ask a tutor.
Click here to begin.
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