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Making Inferences In Social Studies - BrainMatter

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How do you make inferences in social studies, especially in source-based questions? Find out how to make good inferences that will help you score the critical marks in social studies exams!

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Making Inferences In Social Studies - BrainMatter

  1. 1. Making inferences © 2016 Brain Matter All rights reserved. No part of this PowerPoint may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means.
  2. 2. Making inferences means to read between the lines i.e. you can tell what the source is not saying Questions can look like this: • What does this source tell you? • What is the message of this source? © 2016 Brain Matter
  3. 3. What does this source tell you about the girl and the bracelet? Explain your answer. © 2016 Brain Matter
  4. 4. Source A – From a conversation a girl had with her boyfriend This bracelet is small and light. The small diamonds on it make it look very pretty. I think this bracelet goes well with my dress but I don’t have cash to pay for it now. © 2016 Brain Matter
  5. 5. Source A – From a conversation a girl had with her boyfriend • This bracelet is small and light. The small diamonds on it make it look very pretty. I think this bracelet goes well with my dress but I don’t have cash to pay for it now. © 2016 Brain Matter
  6. 6. Answer: • This source tells me that the girl likes the bracelet. (This is the inference you made. You describe it in your own words) • This is supported by “the small diamonds on it make it look very pretty.“ (This is the evidence from the source. You copy from the source word for word) © 2016 Brain Matter
  7. 7. Source A – From a conversation a girl had with her boyfriend • This bracelet is small and light. The small diamonds on it make it look very pretty. I think this bracelet goes well with my dress but I don’t have cash to pay for it now. © 2016 Brain Matter
  8. 8. Answer: • The source also tells me that the girl hopes the boyfriend can help her pay for the bracelet. • This is supported by “I don’t have cash to pay for it now.” © 2016 Brain Matter
  9. 9. Better answer: • The source tells me that the girl hopes that the boyfriend would give the bracelet for her as a present. • She emphasised that she likes the bracelet but she doesn’t have cash to buy it on the spot • Since she said it out loudly for the boyfriend to hear, she is hoping that the boyfriend would give it to her as a gift • This is supported by “this bracelet goes well with my dress but I don’t have cash to pay for it now.” © 2016 Brain Matter
  10. 10. Source Aa – From a conversation a girl had with her boyfriend This bracelet is small and light. The small diamonds on it makes it look very pretty. I think this bracelet goes well with my dress. The boyfriend did not respond at all. © 2016 Brain Matter
  11. 11. What does this source tell you about men? Explain your answer. © 2016 Brain Matter
  12. 12. The men don’t get it. Answer: © 2016 Brain Matter
  13. 13. What is the message of this source? Explain your answer. © 2016 Brain Matter
  14. 14. Source B – A picture of Dr Koh Poh Koon picking up a piece of litter from the drain © 2016 Brain Matter
  15. 15. Answer: • The message of this source is that Mr Koh Poh Koon is a hardworking man. • This is supported by the picture which shows him bending down and picking up a piece of litter with his hand from the drain. © 2016 Brain Matter
  16. 16. A better answer: • The purpose of this source is to make voters vote for him in the by-election. • This is supported by the picture which shows him picking up a piece of litter from the drain. • That would make people think that he is hardworking. • Since voters in Punggol East would want a good MP like him, • they will then be more likely to vote for him after seeing him do this © 2016 Brain Matter
  17. 17. NOTE for inference questions: • Your answer must contain the following: • (Inference + support) x 1 • (Inference + support) x 1 • Altogether 2 sets for each question © 2016 Brain Matter
  18. 18. For more information about our Social Studies classes, contact us at 9791 1234 info@brainmatter.com.sg © 2016 Brain Matter All rights reserved. No part of this PowerPoint may be reproduced, distributed, or transmitted in any form or by any means.

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