Drawing Conclusions. Drawing Conclusions. Authors don’t always tell you everything. They may give you a few details about what happens in the story or about the characters. You can use the details and what you know to draw conclusions .
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What conclusion can you draw?
Did you conclude that Brad
was at the movies?
Does this new information change things? What is your conclusion?
Did you conclude that Brad was at a
What is your conclusion now?
You can conclude that Brad is a the circus!
You draw conclusions every day about incidents you witness, information you gather or about texts you read.
If you see smoke filtering out of the kitchen and the smoke alarm is buzzing, what conclusion would you draw? There is a fire in the kitchen!
You Try It!
I grow on an ear. Cook me in hot oil. I will puff up and taste good. Some people microwave me.
What am I?
What grows on an ear? Ear wax? Earrings? Corn??
You wouldn’t cook or taste ear wax or earrings.
I know corn will puff up and it is sometimes cooked in the microwave.
What did you know in your head?
Read the following paragraph carefully so you will be able to draw conclusions:
A crash of thunder had awakened Allison. She couldn’t go back to sleep, so she decided to go to the kitchen to make some cranberry muffins. Wouldn’t her family be surprised with such a breakfast treat! Allison felt her way along the darkened hallway. When she got to the kitchen, she flicked on the light switch. Nothing happened!
Why didn’t the lights go on?
The storm must have caused a power failure.
How did you reach this conclusion?
Allison was awakened by thunder.
What time of day was it?
How did you know?
Allison was asleep; hall was dark; wanted to surprise family with breakfast
Write a situation in which the class will have to draw a conclusion about your writing.
For instance: “I was ready to head out of the house. I grabbed my backpack, my homework, a pop tart and my heavy jacket and headed for the door.” What could a person conclude?
You Try It!