How to Make Predictions in a Story

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A prediction is a guess about what will happen next. When a reader actively engages in whatever they are reading, they naturally make predictions about what will happen next. They base these predictions off of what they have read and what they already know. By taking what they have read and what they already know, a reader can formulate what they think will happen next in the story.

Consider the sentence, “Staring at the computer screen in shock, Kim blindly reached over for the brimming glass of water on the shelf to her side.” The reader is naturally going to read this and have an idea of what is going to happen next. The reader will probably notice the word “blindly.”

Kim is so caught up in what’s happening on the computer, she goes for a drink of water, but since she’s caught up on what’s going on on the computer, she reaches over without really looking at the glass of water to grab it. The reader is going to assume that she’s going to knock over a glass of water.

That may not be what happens, but it’s a prediction either way. The prediction may come true, and the prediction may not come true. A reader is naturally going to make predictions about a passage. Making predictions is part of being actively engaged in what the reader is reading.

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Last updated: 07/11/2018


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