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SKILLS EXERCISERS 1. Infer the meaning of a word from context--Find a word you don't know. What do you think it means in this story? 2. Identify the traits of a character or person--List traits for each character or person. Then draw pictures showing those traits. 3. Infer the traits of a character or person --infer a trait, give two reasons for your inference. 4. Identify the motive of a character or person--List reason from text for an action. 5. Infer the motive of a character or person--Infer why someone made a decision; give two reasons for your inference 6. Identify facts about a situation--list facts about the place and people. 7. Infer prediction--Make a prediction, give three reasons for your prediction. 8. Infer prior actions--Guess what happened before. Give two reasons for your guess. 9. Summarize--List important information; then restate what's important. 10. Identify the main idea--Explain what is the idea the writer wants you to get? How do you know that's the main idea? 11. Evaluate information--What is the important information? Why is it important? 12. Infer the writer's point of view--How does the writer feel about this topic? Why do you think so? 13. Infer the writer's reasons--what words does the author use to help you understand how the people feel? 14. Interpret non-literal language--What does _____ mean literally? What does the writer mean by using it here? 15. Synthesize--How does this story support the theme?

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