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Unit 3: Supporting Student Comprehension of Informational Text

3.2 Text-Dependent Questions

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“Text-dependent questions specifically ask questions that can only be answered by explicitly referring back to the text being read.” (Achieve the Core, “A Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions for Close Analytic Reading”)

Effective text-dependent questions probe into a text in order to guide students to pluck out key meanings or ideas found in the text.

The following list from Achieve the Core’s toolbox, “A Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions for Close Analytic Reading,” can help teachers generate a core series of questions to support the close reading of any text:

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