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3.6 Text Dependent Questions

Asking students to respond to text-dependent questions compels students to go back to the text to clarify meaning of important concepts and provide evidence to support their conclusions. An important component of responding to text-dependent questions is understanding complex academic and domain-specific vocabulary. Prior to watching the following video, download and review the worksheet for this lesson:

Bill of Rights Text-Dependent Questions

Time to View

Watch how Mrs. Valbuena introduces students to a text-dependent question for the First Amendment using the handout. In the second video, the students are answering the question.

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When creating text-dependent questions, keep in mind the importance of the following skills that will help prepare students for college, career, and citizenship in the 21st century:

  • Guiding students to use text as evidence to support answers
  • Deepening students’ comprehension of information
  • Facilitating students’ practice of strategic thinking and reasoning to extend and apply learning to real world scenarios.
Time to Read

Read the “ A Guide to Creating Text Dependent Questions for Close Analytic Reading” created by Student Achievement Partners. The guide was designed to help teachers develop questions to guide a close reading. While reading the guide, also consider the CA CCSS for ELA/Literacy Reading Informational Text Standards (pp. 8-9) and how you might use the information to modify the text-dependent questions with complex documents that your students read.