# Reading Strategy - Drawing Conclusions and Inferences

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## Using a Graphic Organizer

Draw a graphic organizer on the board consisting of several squares connected with arrows to a larger rectangle. (You may want to place the rectangle above the squares to show that the information in the squares “supports” the conclusion.) Explain to students that in order to draw a conclusion (point to the rectangle), you need to make sure to have plenty of support (point to the squares). Fill in the graphic organizer based on the example in the previous section, with “The house is deserted” in the rectangle and the supporting ideas in the squares. In the following link there are several templates for graphic organizers you can hand out to your students.

## Conclusions from Movies

Students probably use the drawing conclusions strategy most often when they watch movies. Bring in a movie with an enjoyable scene that students can draw conclusions from (most movies will have a scene like this). Let students watch the movie and then work in groups to draw one or more conclusions from what they’ve watched. Encourage them to fill out a graphic organizer about one of their conclusions and emphasize the importance of basing their conclusion on facts from the movie.

## Conclusions from Texts

Of course, the purpose of all of these activities is to teach students how to draw conclusions from texts. Choose a text that you’ve already discussed to make this process easier for students the first time. Help them to use the graphic organizers to draw conclusions from the text. When they are successful, encourage them to use the same process to draw conclusions from an unfamiliar text. Now that you know how to teach drawing conclusions, it’s important to make sure to give your students plenty of opportunities to practice their newly learned skill. As you read new texts in class, ask students to use their graphic organizers to draw conclusions about what they have read.

## This post is part of the series: Reading Strategy Lesson Plans: Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

Wondering how to teach your students about making inferences and drawing conclusions? The strategies are related but different, and they can be taught in similar ways. This series of articles explains how to teach the strategies and includes activities that can help your students learn them.