Package 3-5: Midnight in gnome city - Part 2

This is the second of two lessons that focus on how authors use inference to communicate a message.

Week 4 - Package 5 - Year 5 & 6 English - Midnight in gnome city Part 2

Things your child will need

Have these things available so your child can complete this task.


  • Lesson video
  • Activity sheets 1, 2 and 3
  • Pen or pencil
  • Highlighters, coloured pencils or textas

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Before your child starts

This lesson focuses on how authors use inference to communicate a message. We will be looking in depth at inference, finding examples in the text Midnight in Gnome City by Terry Lavelle.

What is inference?

Inference can be defined as the process of drawing of a conclusion based on the available evidence plus previous knowledge and experience. Students must use clues from the text and their own understanding, knowledge and experience to draw logical conclusions. Authors use inference to communicate messages, themes and concepts in their writing.

What your child needs to do

Your child will watch a video of a lesson about inference and will complete a series of activities relating to this. The teacher will guide your child as they learn about this concept.

Throughout the lesson, your child will have activities to support them to:

  • interpret and analyse the way authors use inference to communicate a message.

What your child can do next

Your child will be completing a range of activities, including:

  • interpreting and discussing the main theme or concept of a text.
  • justifying opinions by using evidence from the text.
  • using inference in my writing to communicate a message.

Options for your child

Activity too hard?

Work with your child, giving them opportunities to discuss inferences with you.

Your child might need support to complete the first few activities before they feel confident enough to attempt the rest independently.

Activity too easy?

Your child might like to use another text they are reading to identify evidence that supports their inferences.

Extension/additional activity

Your child might like to extend on the writing task by continuing the story on. They could revise, improve, edit and publish this work.

Activity sheet 1: My thoughts

Your task

  • Read the quote from Midnight in Gnome City.
  • Add your thoughts about the characters to the thought bubble.

‘It’s up to you,’ said Dylan. ‘But if you want to be in the gang, you have to pass the initiation.’

What was I supposed to do? I needed friends. It’s only one gnome, right? I could probably pick the oldest one, and then it wouldn’t be so bad, would it?

- Midnight in Gnome City, story by Terry Lavelle from The School Magazine.

Activity Sheet 2: My evidence

Your task


Bob is lonely and misses his family.

Text evidence


James is brave and stands up for what he knows is right.

Text evidence

Activity Sheet 3: What happens next?

Your task

  • Think about what you know about the characters in Midnight in Gnome City.
  • Write what you think might happen:
    • one day later
    • one week later
    • one year later
  • Use inference to continue the theme or concept of the story.

One day later

One week later

One year later

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