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3.2.1 Lessons Featuring Text-Dependent Questions

Achieve the Core has developed several exemplars that feature the following:

  • Reading tasks in which students are asked to read and reread passages and respond to a series of text-dependent questions
  • Vocabulary and syntax tasks which linger over noteworthy or challenging words and phrases
  • Discussion tasks in which students are prompted to use text evidence and refine their thinking
  • Writing tasks that assess student understanding of the text
Time to Try

Review one of the following lessons featuring text-dependent questions developed by Achieve the Core that model how teachers can support students as they read.

Grade 3: “Because of Winn-Dixie
Note: There were no informational text exemplars for grade five and below. The strategies in this exemplar for grade three can be used with informational text also.

Grade 6: “The Making of a Scientist

Grade 8: “The Long Night of the Little Boats

Time to Try

After reviewing one of the lessons featuring text-dependent questions, select a short text you previously have taught and develop a brief lesson plan for that text that incorporates text-dependent questions to support students in understanding the core ideas of the text.