Free Inference Worksheets

When you're trying to teach your students to master reading comprehension skills they need to successfully maneuver through difficult texts, then helping them make inferences is probably at the top of your list. Without this skill, much of what students read can go right over their heads. They need to be able to tap into prior knowledge and use context clues to draw meaning from whatever it is they're reading. 

These inference worksheets can help your students practice the inference skills you teach. Feel free to print and use the included pdf files in your classroom for handy substitute lesson plans, too. 

Need to teaching inferencing skills first? Here are some helpful strategies and explanations for this essential reading skill. 

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Content: Short sentences with content ranging from conversation to real-life scenarios

Skill Level: Middle school or low-level 9th grade

Number of Questions:  10

Question Format: Open-ended response

When to Use It: If you have a student struggling with the basic concept of making an inference, then pull out this easy worksheet and included answers. Completing this successfully will help boost that confidence.  More »

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Content: A short fiction passage from J.D. Salinger's "For Esme: With Love And Squalor." Nine Stories. Little, Brown & Company, 1991.

Skill Level: 10th grade or above

Number of Questions:  5

Question Format: Multiple-choice questions

When to Use It: If you've moved past the basics and need some ACT or SAT inference practice, then this worksheet will help your students master those testing strategies.  More »

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Content: A long nonfiction speech by Robert Emmet: Born in 1778, died in 1803; became a leader of the United Irishmen, and in 1803 led an unsuccessful rising in Dublin; escaping to the mountains he returned to Dublin to take leave of his fiancée, Sarah Curran, daughter of an orator, and was captured and hanged.

Skill Level: 10th grade or above

Number of Questions:  5

Question Format: Multiple-choice questions

When to Use It: If you've moved past the basics and need some ACT or SAT inference practice, then this worksheet will help your students master those testing strategies.  More »

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Content: Political cartoons. 

Skill Level: 11th grade or above. 

Number of Questions:  10

Question Format: Open-ended responses to the cartoons. The student will be required to read the cartoons and make educated guesses on the  meaning of each cartoon based on the information presented. 

When to Use It: If you have a group of students who need to master making educated guesses, but have a hard time staying focused on longer passages, then this is a great source.  More »

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Content: Photographs

Skill Level: Middle school 

Number of Questions:  10

Question Format: Open-ended responses to the photographs. The student will be required to observe each photo and make educated guesses on what could be happening in the photo based on evidence present in the photo. 

When to Use It: If you have a group of students who need to master making educated guesses, but have a hard time staying focused on longer passages, then this is a great source.  More »

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Content: Photographs

Skill Level: Upper middle school to high school

Number of Questions:  10

Question Format: Multiple-choice questions for photographs. The students will observe a photo, then answer a multiple choice question about the photo.

When to Use It: If you have a group of students who need to master making educated guesses, but have a hard time staying focused on longer passages, then this is a great source.  More »

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 If you're determined to help your students learn how to successfully navigate the ins and outs of reading comprehension, then these reading practice worksheets and strategies can definitely bolster your lesson plans. With over 25 different worksheets on skills like finding the main idea, determining the author's tone, figuring out the author's purpose, and understanding vocab in context, your students will master the content quickly and easily. Strategies, tricks and printable pdf files are all included!  More »

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