This collection of activity sheets will teach your students about using inferences in their writing.

Readers can often make inferences from a body of work. An inference is a logical conclusion that is drawn by the audience based on the available background information. In order for a well-formed inference to be made, the author has to offer facts that would lead above a good reasonable amount of doubt. This can be formed by work that is presented or prior knowledge that has to be known to shared by the audience they are addressing. Some of the best-known comedians use inferences to make well thought out jokes. The audience is left to read between the lines to come to a conclusion. Authors can use an inference to draw their readers deeper into the story. By not stating every single thing that is happening in great detail, the readers are left to determine what is going on their own. This leaves the imagination to the reader. Many readers thrive on that.

The following worksheets will help your students learn how to recognize and use inference. Activities include interpreting the events in given passages, using prompts to create original writing sentences, and more. Answer sheets have been included for instructors. Fun Project Idea: Have your students find examples of inference in their favorite books (or other media) and present them to the class.

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Drawing Support

Read each passage below. What is going on? Where is the passage taking place? Indicate details from the text to support your answer.

Dr. Hartung and Ellie

See if you can grasp the account of this story from the character's perspective.

Junebug and Connie

What is happening in this seemingly summer tale?

Drawing Inferences

Answer the questions. You will need to really read into some of these. Use details from the text to support your answer.

Postcard Thoughts

Read each postcard and infer where the writer is taking his or her vacation. Write your answer on the line.

Thank You Melissa!

Read the passage. Then make at least five inferences based on what you have read.

Hey Mister

With this skill the readers are to draw a conclusion based on the evidence you have available. Read the passage below. Draw your own answers to the questions.

Impossible Sleep

Read the passage. Then answer the questions.

Where Am I?

Read each passage. Where is it taking place? Write your answer on the line. Briefly explain your answer.


What conclusion can you determine about the man? What is the setting? What else can you grasp from the passage?

Logical Explanation

Read each sentence and choose the logical explanation. Then, explain why you think your answer makes sense.

More Explaining To Do

Why would you think something like that?

Plain Thoughts

The worksheet in this section is very straight forward and doesn't use too much imagination.

Infer Me

Write an explanation for where this all goes and where it is headed.

You Pegged It!

Write a clear and concise interpretation of what is happening here.

Jenny and Pat

Read about Jenny and Pat and answer the questions.

Whitney and Ozzy

What do you think Whitney is getting ready to do? Why?

Mike and the Animals

Where do you think Mike went to see all of the animals? What other animals do you think Mike might see?

Taylor's Present

What do you think is inside the box? Why? What do you think Taylor will say when she opens the box and sees her perfect gift?

Tommy's Favorite Places

Draw a picture of where you think Tommy is and something else he might watch while there.

Using Inferences in Writing

When you are writing, it is not necessary to tell the reader every detail about what is going on. Inference makes writing more interesting, because it closely engages the reader, who has to make connections and draw conclusions as he or she reads.

What Did You Mean?

When you are writing, there is no need to hit your reader over the head with what you are trying to say. Let your readers figure some things our for themselves! Practice by writing a brief passage that doesn't directly give the reader the sense of the following locations.

Creating Your Own Inferences

Write down as many concrete things about your topic as you can think of. Try to think of at least one thing for each of the five senses. Now write a short, descriptive paragraph using your details. Do not mention your topic outright.

Understanding Writing

Look at the picture. Write a short story that describes what it is going on. Do not use the words swim or swimming pool.

What's Da Deal?

Use the various sets and messages as you read your latest body of work.