Examples Of Generalization

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Reading Strategy/Tip Make Generalizations A generalization is a specific kind of conclusion. All generalizations are conclusions, but not all conclusions are generalizations. A generalization is a broad statement that applies to many examples. A generalization is formed from a number of examples or facts and what they have in common. Example: All animals that have feathers are birds. Readers recognize and evaluate generalizations made by an author. Readers make and support their own generalizations based on reading a selection. Clue words that support instruction for generalizations: all, none, most, many, always, everyone, never, sometimes, some, usually, seldom, few, generally, in general, and overall. Generalizations are statements that…show more content…
• How many examples did the author provide for the statement...? • Based on the number of examples described in the article, do you think the author made a valid generalization when he/she stated that...? • What words and phrases did you find in the selection that signal generalization statements? (All, none, most, many, always, often, everyone, never, sometimes, some, usually, seldom, few, generally, in general, overall, as a general rule) • The article includes the phrase, “Some of the research reveals....” What research was included to support the statement? What research was missing? • Is this statement...a valid generalization? How do you…show more content…
Identifying an author’s purpose may give clues to a reader for how to pace their reading. Students need to adjust their reading rate for various selections. Informational articles may require a reader to slow down in order to fully understand ideas described. Questions that help students explore author’s purpose: • Based on the title, why do think the author wrote this selection? • Which words do you think best describe the main reason the author wrote this selection: to provide readers with information? To describe a person, event, or issue? To express their own thoughts and feelings? To persuade readers to think about an issue in a certain way and to take action? Or to entertain the reader? • Why did the author write the article from a particular point of view? • How did the author influence your response to the selection? • Was the author’s purpose specifically

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