Teaching Inferences or main idea?

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    uncertain Rookie

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    My 7th graders are having trouble with inferences and main idea. Does anybody have any simple ideas to help teach these two areas of reading comprehension? My students and I will appreciate any ideas you may have:)
     
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    Ugh. First thing - if you have reading teachers at school, hit them up.

    Next: Are you specifically teaching main idea/inferences? I find the Jamestown Readers extremely helpful for practice. They can practice text marking, and the questions provide practice for them.

    For main idea, have them search for repeated words/phrases/ideas. Text mark.

    For inferences... are they making they're own inferences or deciding if an inference is correct or faulty? If they are choosing, have them look for what I call "extreme words" - EVERYone, NObody, ALL people, etc. If it the statement claims an extreme, then it is not a correct inference.

    Hope this helps some...
     
  4. Mr.MiddleSchool

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    My students like Webquests that I provide for them to reinforce and check for understanding of taught material. Try these two websites when it comes to assessing main idea and inferences.

    http://www.philtulga.com/Riddles.html
    http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/book_buddy/rosie/skill_pre.html




    I used these and the kids really got into it. I hope that this helped.
     
  5. BethG

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    LOVE the riddle web site! Thanks!!
     

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