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.