|When you draw conclusions, you make judgments or take a
position on a topic. To support conclusions, readers cite textual
evidence - information from the text in the form of facts and details.
To draw conclusions in an informational text, follow these steps:
1. Look for statements in the text that support your conclusion.
2. Consider your own experience and knowledge about the topic.
3. Make a judgment based on evidence and your own knowledge.
Informational tests contain details readers can use as textual
evidence. For example, here's a quote from "Women in Aviation" that
describes Katherine Wright, the sister of famous aviators Orville and
"When the world speaks of the Wrights, it must include my
sister...She inspired much of our effort."
Katherine wasn't a pilot. However, based on this text, what
conclusion can you draw about her contribution to the Wright
Readers rely on more than an author's words to understand a text's
complete meaning. Readers also draw conclusions about ideas that
are not stated (infer - read between the lines!) directly in a text. A
conclusion is a statement of belief or a logical judgment made
~evidence stated in the text
~inferences, or guesses, made about what the text does not say
~knowledge gained from personal experience
~reasoning that connects what you know and what you read
To help you draw a conclusion, you can fill in a statement like this:
"Based on _____________________________ and ____________________________, I