On Thursday the 4th and Friday the 5th of August our class 5C learnt about 3 types of understanding they are literal, Inferential and personal. I am going to explain each of these types of understanding and why they are an important part of our reading comprehension.
LITERAL MEANING – Literal meaning is what is actually happens in a story. Things like the main idea, facts, characters and order of events can be identified as literal meaning without them the story wouldn’t make sense.
INFERENTIAL MEANING – Inferential meaning is when you think about the text and make a conclusion about what is going to happen based on clues throughout the story. Things like assumptions, cause and effect and future predictions can be identified as inferential meaning.
PERSONAL MEANING – Personal meaning is when you think about your past experiences and knowledge and how it relates to the story e.g. if the story talks about a dog you should be able to visualise a dog based on things you have learnt about dogs or past experiences you have had with a dog.