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 Wilbur
Wright:

      "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
Brothers' achievements?
Cite Evidence

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 based on:

    ~evidence stated in the text
    ~inferences, or guesses, made about what the text does not say
explicitly
    ~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
believe ________________________________________________"