Can you define an inferential question vs. an evaluative question?

Inferential comprehension asks students to use information from the text to make inferences "best guesses" about what a character might do, what might happen next, etc. Unlike literal comprehension, which only requires that students understand what is actually written, inferential comprehension requires that they pull nuances out of the text -- often from different parts of the text -- to come up with a response.

Evaluative comprehension goes one step further. It requires students to extrapolate beyond information that is explicitly provided in the text. Evaluative comprehension asks students to make an informed judgment about what a character might do, for instance, based on the details provided in the story AND their understanding of other characters, the setting, human nature, etc.


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