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Understanding Inference

Help your students’ master understanding inference with these 40 graded comprehension passages. They go down a treat with students and they're easy to use.

This great set of resources is produced with the Axis Hands On signature style so you know that quality and content are guaranteed. Passages are in order of increasing difficulty, covering reading levels Entry Level 1 to Level 1 (reading ages 6-15). Complete with instructions, teaching tips and answer card.

Inference is information that is implied within the text but not given directly, from which connecting evidence is drawn to support deductions. Inferences are fundamental to successful reading comprehension.

Many of your students will already be making inference, both in reading and in daily life, without being aware of it. This skill will be especially useful for reluctant and struggling readers. The explicit teaching and rehearsal of inference skills will help students to draw their own inferences during reading. Use these cards to teach and practise employing inference skills.

The front of each card contains a title and an introductory sentence – so you can start by asking students to predict what the text may be about. The passage is on page two with questions facing on page 3. This allows your student to scan the passage to answer the questions, rather than needing to flip a card over. The questions are all multiple-choice – the student has to choose the single best answer from the content of the passage.

Here’s an example of what to expect from an Entry Level 2 card (reading age 7.5):


Use the title and introductory sentence to discuss what the text may be about.



Passage on the left. Multiple-choice answers on the right.

Printed on card, as a multisensory alternative to book format, the cards open up to measure 300mm x 100mm.

The clear typeface is 11 point size. Students say the neat presentation makes Comps feel ‘grown-up’ compared to more typical SEN materials.

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