Matilda provides many opportunities for readers to make inferences about what they are reading. More often than not, these inferences are confirmed later on in the text. In this activity, students will be able to monitor their thinking while they read – paying close attention to the interpretations, or inferences, they are making and understanding how that helps readers comprehend the text.Here are some examples:
The first example is from Mr. Wormwood: " 'Listen boy,' he said, addressing the son and ignoring Matilda, 'seeing as you'll be going into this business with me one day, you've got to know how to add up the profits you make at the end of each day.' "
It can be inferred that Matilda, being as bright as she is, will be able to compute the problem faster than her older brother.
The second example is from Miss Honey: " 'And you must remember that this aunt of mine is a much respected figure in the community. She has a lot of influence.' 'Who is she?' Matilda asked.”
It can be inferred that the cruel person she is referring to has to be none other than Miss Trunchbull.
Last, towards the end of the novel Matilda states, "I've been thinking about it all the way back from your cottage and I believe I've got just a tiny bit of an idea."
It can be inferred that Matilda is going to develop a plan to help Miss Honey escape from Miss Trunchbull once and for all.
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or PartnerCommon Core Standards
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Create a storyboard illustrating inferences about Matilda with examples from the text.
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