9 Stems For Creating Text-Dependent Questions

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The Common Core State Standards for literacy call for classroom experiences for students that are "text dependent"—that is, activities that call for close scrutiny of classroom texts. Here are 9 stems to help teachers frame discussions and lessons that promote text dependency and close reading. Brought to you by the CoreStand team. www.corestand.com

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9 Stems For Creating Text-Dependent Questions

  1. 1. 9 Stems for CreatingText-DependentQuestionsAligning Instruction to the Common Core
  2. 2. Text dependent questions ask students toconsult the text to decipher thedeeper meaning of an author’s words.
  3. 3. Often, these questions also probe thewriting (rhetorical) strategies ofthe author, and how these strategies servethe author’s purpose.
  4. 4. Text dependent questions also grapple withthe effect of language on a microand macro scale.What is the effect ofcertain words orsentences...?How does thestructure affect ourunderstanding of...?
  5. 5. Here are some stems to help you get startedincorporating text-dependentquestions into your classroom.
  6. 6. Where does the author provide evidenceof...?1Provide a spot in the text where the authorcontrasts...2An example of a cause and effectrelationship in the piece is...3
  7. 7. The author addresses the opposing viewwhen he/she says...4The diction changes in _______________section, which underscores...5A shift of tone occurs in the text when...6
  8. 8. Toward the end of the piece, the authorunderscores...7How does the use of the word____________ contribute to...?8The opening of the piece helps the readerrecognize...9
  9. 9. Applicable Common Core Standards (AcrossGrades)Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what thetext saysDetermine the theme or central idea of a textDetermine the meaning of words and phrases as used inthe textsAnalyze how sentences, paragraphs, chapters, orstanzas fit into the overall structureDetermine an author’s point of view or purposeRI.1RL.1RI.2RL.2RI.4RL.4RI.5RL.5RI.6RL.6Analyze how a plot, event, or idea unfoldsRI.3RL.3++++++
  10. 10. To learn more best practice strategies aligned tothe Common Core Standards, please visitwww.corestand.com

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