Learning Center


Identify “relevant” textual details per reading standard

November 5, 2019

It’s well established that combining text clues with background knowledge is what leads to an inference. It’s understood that the Reading Voice “speaks” the text details and the background knowledge is activated by the Thinking Voice.

Text Clues & Background Knowledge = Inference

As widespread as this formula is, the details that serve as “clues” vary depending on the comprehension question. Authors imply ideas with certain details throughout the text.

Consequently, students need explicit instruction on where these details are located and what they include for each comprehension standard.

If we want students to answer inferential questions correctly, we have to teach them what details, words, and clues will be helpful in the journey of their thinking.

Text Clues & Background Knowledge Download
Mini-Silhouettes Downloadable Resource
Mini-SIlhouettes Template
5 1 vote
Article Rating
Notify of
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Super Saturday Reading and Writing Conferences
Prompt Readers When Their Inferences are Off Track


Prompt readers when their inferences are off track

Activate background knowledge when inferring


Activate background knowledge when inferring

Tie Every Comprehension Lesson to the Inference Silhouette


Tie every comprehension lesson to the Inference Silhouette