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Instructor: Kara Wilson

Kara Wilson is a 6th-12th grade English and Drama teacher. She has a B.A. in Literature and an M.Ed, both of which she earned from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

When someone drops hints, we're able to draw conclusions about what they're really trying to say. Similarly, as readers, we use clues to draw conclusions from texts. This lesson explains how to draw conclusions and how to teach this important skill.

How to Draw Conclusions

If you've ever been a bit nosey and listened in on a couple's conversation at a coffee shop, you have probably drawn a few conclusions about those people. By gathering informational clues about what they said, how they said it, and their body language, you could conclude a bit about what they're really thinking and feeling by reading between the lines. For example, let's say the man says, 'Why don't we hang out with my friends tonight instead of seeing that new Brad Pitt movie?' Then, the woman says, 'Fine.' But her annoyed tone of voice, crossed arms, and her rolling eyes are all clues that point to the fact that she is not fine with this at all. You wouldn't have to know these two people to draw the conclusion that she doesn't want to hang out with his friends and is annoyed at the thought of missing the movie.

Drawing conclusions is using information that is implied or inferred to make meaning out of what is not clearly stated. Writers give readers hints or clues that help them read between the lines, since not everything is explicitly stated or spelled out all the time. If that were the case in books and in real life, then the coffee shop conversation would've resulted in the woman saying exactly how annoyed she was rather than simply saying the word 'fine' in a suggestive manner.

In order to effectively draw conclusions, readers need to:

  • Consider what they already know from their own experiences
  • Gather all of the information that the author has given them (characters' personalities, feelings and motivations, the time period and place, conflicts, etc.)

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