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Critical Thinking

Author: Jessica Kenney

We will be able to think critically using the strategies of inferring, predicting and questioning with regard to various types of media.

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When reading, watching television or listening to the radio, it is important to question what is happening. We want to ask questions when we don't understand something or we need information clarified.

The Five W's

Watch this video to learn about the five w's of questioning

Source: you tube


Definition of inference

the reasoning involved in drawing a conclusion or making a logical judgment on the basis of circumstantial evidence and prior conclusions rather than on the basis of direct observation

Similar Words: illation


Hyponyms: analogy, corollary, derivation, deduction, entailment, implication, extrapolation, presumption


Derivational Morphology: generalize, generalise, extrapolate, infer, deduce, deduct, derive

Source: Kids.Net.Au

When we infer we "read between the lines". For example if a person is crying and frowning, without speaking to them we can infer that they are feeling sad about something based on their actions.


Please watch the following video on inferences and use the thinking questions as a guide.

Inferences and Conclusions

Source: You tube


Follow the link below to National Geographic picture of the day.

Please look closely at the picture and write two inferences and two questions.

For a bonus make a prediction about what just happened or is about to happen in the picture.

Source: National Geographic