Go beyond the surface meaning of words and images

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One of the most difficult demands of the old TAKS/new STARR standardized testing for school children is that they be able to make inferences from what they read.  Very few questions ask the youngsters to describe the narrative or repeat the story.  More often they are asked to talk about the story between the lines, the hidden meaning, or the subtle implications.  Whether talking about a movie or TV shows you see together, stories you read together, or even advertisements you see on TV, in magazines or on billboards, encourage your Little to look for the deeper, unstated, or ironic meaning.  Perhaps by making a game of it or having an open-ended discussion, you can give your Little an opportunity to go beyond the surface meaning of words and images.

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