This article discusses a new model of reading comprehension, the Direct and Inferential Mediation (DIME) model, which was created after extensive review of literature on high school student's comprehension challenges. The model explores the relationships between background knowledge, inferences, reading comprehension strategies, vocabulary, and word reading and is sure to give teachers insight into the role of inferential reading in students' comprehension.
This colorful and engaging wall chart is a must for teachers seeking to improve their students' inferential reading skills. It provides an excellent visual representation of the sequential steps students need to go through which examine the context in order to help students establish the inferred meaning of words.
This blog post explores why the teaching of inferential reading is so important in moving students beyond the simple comprehension of a text to become readers that recognize inferences. It postulates that understanding inferences is a fundamental skill students must master before they can effectively study literature. The post also gives teachers a few activities and resources that may assist middle school classes in developing their inference skills.
In her book, Kylene Beers explores the seemingly ellusive skill of inferential reading. She outlines 15 types of inferences that good readers are able to make and offers practical strategies teachers can use to explicitly teach them. She gives teachers comments and questions that can be used to guide students' thinking. In addition, she tackles the issue of effectively differentiating inferential reading.
This literature review explores the notion of different types of inferences occurring in texts; coherence, elaborative, local, global, on-line and off-line inferences. The review provides an in-depth discussion stemming from the literature of various teaching strategies and their effectiveness in increasing students' comprehension of inferences. The researcher also explores what progression of inference skills may look like and how can it be better supported in a learning environment.