Name: Mauriora

Inferences Worksheet 1

Directions: Read each passage and then respond to the questions.  Each question will ask you to make a logical inference based on textual details.  Explain your answer by referencing the text.

Every day after work Paul took his muddy boots off on the steps of the front porch.  Alice would have a fit if the boots made it so far as the welcome mat.  He then took off his dusty overalls and threw them into a plastic garbage bag; Alice left a new garbage bag tied to the porch railing for him every morning.  On his way in the house, he dropped the garbage bag off at the washing machine and went straight up the stairs to the shower as he was instructed.  He would eat dinner with her after he was “presentable,” as Alice had often said.  

1.  What type of job does Paul do? FARMER

How do you know this?  

Muddy boots and overalls

2.  Describe Alice  OSD

What in the text supports your description?

I think she has OSD because she always instructs Paul to have a shower

3.  What relationship do Paul and Alice have? Strict and Lovely

Why do you feel this way?

Because she leaves a new rubbish bag every morning and because Alice tells him to have a shower

Crack!  Thunder struck and rain poured.  Max stared blankly out the window, trying to contain his emotions that raged like the weather.  He was beginning to lose it.  Dropping the kite from his hand, Max broke out into full sobs.  His mother comforted him, “There, there, Max.  We’ll just find something else to do.”  She began to unpack the picnic basket that was on the counter and offered him a sandwich.  Max snapped, “I don’t wanna sand-mich!”  A flash from the sky lit up the living room.  Boom!  Mom sighed.

4.  Why is Max upset? Because of the lightning and no picnic

How do you know this?  

Because it was raining

5.  What was Mom planning on doing today? To have a picnic

What in the text supports your description?

She was unpacking the picnic

“Tommy!”  Mom called out as she walked in the front door.  “Tommy,” she continued shouting, “I sure could use some help with these groceries.  There was still no reply.  Mom walked into the kitchen to put the grocery bags down on the counter when she noticed shattered glass from the picture window all over the living room floor and a baseball not far from there.  “I’m going to kill you, Tommy!” Mom yelled to herself as she realized that Tommy’s shoes were gone.

6.  What happened to the window? Tommy Threw/hit the ball into the window


How do you know this?  

It says something like the baseball wasn’t that far away from the broken window

7.  Why did Tommy leave? Because he was probably gonna get into big trouble

What in the text supports your description?

“I’m going to kill you, Tommy!” Mom yelled

Today was a special day in Ms. Smith’s class.  Some of the children were walking around the room, some of them were standing in small groups, and some of them were at their desks, putting finishing touches on cardboard mailboxes.  After coloring a cool flame on the side of his racecar mailbox, Johnny hopped off his chair, strutted over to Veronica’s desk, and dropped a small white envelope into her princess castle mailbox.  Veronica blushed and played with her hair.  While this was happening, Bartleby was frantically trying to put a small white envelope into everyone’s mailbox.  After giving one to Ms. Smith, Bartleby pulled out a medium-sized red envelope from his pocket.  He blushed and tried to put it in Veronica’s mailbox, but it wouldn’t quite fit.  Bartleby struggled with it for a few seconds and then ran off with the envelope.  Veronica rolled her eyes and popped her gum.  

8.  Why is today a special day? Valentine's Day

What in the text supports your idea?

The mailboxes and envelopes

9.  Which boy does Veronica like? Johnny

What in the text supports your idea?

When he dropped the envelope in she blushed and played with her hair

10. Why did Bartleby run?  Because his fat overweight envelope couldn’t fit.

What in the text supports your idea?

Because he sucks.