Inferring is a difficult critical thinking skill that all readers need to develop in order to deepen their understanding of written literature. Scaffolding skills are essential in order for students to build their understanding. Utilizing picture books or illustrations will help build this essential skill. Furthermore, this strategy can easily be used for ELL students! Clicking on the image below will connect you to a lesson plan that can easily be used in the middle grades as well. Also, the lesson plan utilizes a fantastic book “The Mysteries of Harris Burdock” by Chris Van Allsburg to be used for student practice!