Reading Between the Lines

Contributor: Beth Price. Lesson ID: 10035

"Read between the lines"? How do you do that? Using worksheets and online practice, you will increase your understanding of reading and observations using deductive reasoning to draw conclusions!


Literary Studies

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personality style
Grade Level
Middle School (6-8)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

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Have you ever heard the expression, "Read between the lines"? What does that mean, and how can being able to do this make us better readers?

An author doesn't always directly tell readers information that is needed to understand the text.

Many times, you must infer, or draw conclusions, about what you are reading, based on details the author does give you.

Definitions to know:

Infer means deduce or conclude information from evidence and reasoning, rather than from explicit statements. Draw a conclusion means making a judgment after considering all the information given.

Here is an easy example of drawing a conclusion:

Take a look at the picture below:

Autumn trees

What season is depicted in this picture? What details or evidences support your conclusion that the season depicted is fall or autumn?

Answer: The leaves on the tree have changed from green to yellow and orange, and there are leaves on the ground. This happens during the fall or autumn season.

Read the passage of text below, then answer the questions:

Imagine you are going to shop for some new school clothes. When you get to your favorite store, you look in the store window and see that the store is dark, there are empty racks inside, and there is a "Closed" sign on the locked door.

  • What conclusion can you draw about the store?
  • What details support your conclusion?

If you answered that the store is no longer in business, you are right!
Evidence supporting this conclusion includes:

  • The store is dark.
  • The store is empty of merchandise.
  • The store is locked and closed during business hours.

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