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Transcript of Inference Short
What is an inference?
Writers often do not state the way a character feels explicitly (Outright). Instead, writers will include details about how a character acts and readers must use these details to make inferences about the character’s emotions.
In other words: You use observations, prior knowledge and experiences, and details from the text to make connections and come up with ideas.
We are going to watch a short film and make inferences as we watch it.
Take a moment to preview the questions so you know what you will be looking for.
1. How does the mother feel when she looks out of the window?
She does not say how she is feeling so how do you know?
2. Why does the mother open the curtains?
What does her body language suggest to make you feel this way?
3. Why does the son go upstairs?
4. How does she (The mother) feel when
she sees her son playing the Gameboy?
Think about other things that have happened
up until this point AND her facial expressions.
5. Why did she throw the items away?
Try placing yourself in her shoes.
6. Why does she laugh as she is burning the items?
She doesn't seem particularity happy, so why the laugh?
7. How must the mother feel when she looks out the window the next morning?
Think of everything she has been through since the video started.
8. Why does she grab the baseball glove?
Is she just refreshed from her nap and ready to play?
9. What is the boy doing outside?
Is he actually playing a video game?
10. How must the mother feel?
This is the time in which you should put
all the clues together. The rest of the video,
her body language, her actions, her facial expressions,
and her desires. Really be descriptive about how she
must be feeling!
What made this a good video to us to make inferences?
Think back to all the questions you just answered, but also
consider what the video was lacking that most videos have!