1. Making Inferences (starring Garfield, Calvin, and Snoopy) http://www.garfield.com/fungames/comiccreator.html
5. What is an inference?
6. gathering clues and reading between the lines
reaching conclusions on the basis of evidence and reasoning
ďauthor and meĒ questions
Synonyms, deduction, conjecture, speculation, presumption
7. Sometimes people say this when thereís a piece of information they donít know thatís keeping them from making an inference. In this comic you have to know what a ďsymptomĒ is. A symptom is a sign or indicator of something. Calvin is trying to show his mom signs of being sick but tells her so many silly ones that she knows heís faking it. ďI donít get itĒ...
8. Think about the hidden information in this comic that you have to figure out in order to ďget itĒ.... The teacher sends Calvin to the principal when he takes the gum out of his mouth and offers to share it instead of understanding that his teacher is sarcastically reminding Calvin that he shouldnít be chewing gum. He tries to blame the teacher for the trouble heís in with the principal.
9. When you think about that hidden information on your own and understand the comic the author has written, youíre making an inference!
Itís like an ďauthor and meĒ question where you use your own thinking and background knowledge combined with the information the author has written.
10. Now try some on your own to practice the skill of making inferences: As you read the comics on the keynote try explaining why itís funny. In order to explain, youíll need to ďread between the linesĒ and tell what information isnít directly there. This is inferring.
Sometimes you may not ďget itĒ. If that happens, you can write your note instead on what you donít understand. Thatís the missing information thatís keeping you from inferring.
16. Now every time you read a comic you can practice the skill of inference and think about reading between the lines. Make Garfield proud!