Common Core Standards Response to Intervention (RtI) Special Education ELL/ESL/Dual-Language Classrooms At Home Training

Common Core State Standards

Text-dependent Questions

What Are Text-dependent Questions?

Text-dependent questions are those that can only be answered by referring back to the text being read. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) require students to “read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.” They must also cite pertinent evidence from the text when responding orally or when writing an answer to questions about the text. Students can no longer rely solely on prior knowledge or personal experience.
Watch the Video

Why Are Text-dependent Questions Important?

Good text-dependent questions guarantee careful investigation of text. They will often lead students to discover something important that may have been overlooked the first time they read the text. They guide students to dive deeper into the text, and to answer or identify the core understandings or insights that are essential.

Text-dependent questions can be used by the teacher to promote discussion and help students to understand even better what they are reading. They can be used to start student discussions and give students opportunities to discuss the text with each other and voice their opinions.

The Common Core ELA Standards require moving instruction away from generic questions such as, “What is the main idea and three supporting details?” to questions that require students to analyze what they are reading. An example of a text-dependent question would be something like “The article describes the male emperor penguin as ‘tough’. Give two pieces of information from the article that demonstrates how they are tough.”

Does Learning A-Z support teaching/using text-dependent questions?

There are more than 1,000 books, covering 27 levels of difficulty on Reading A-Z. Every leveled book is accompanied by a complete lesson plan, comprehension quiz and set of discussion cards (levels a-z). Each discussion card is tagged with the specific reading skill it targets. These include such skills as:
  • Compare and contrast
  • Cause and effect
  • Make inferences/draw conclusions
  • Analyze and evaluate
All Shared Reading books come with a five-day lesson plan, with a section devoted to “text-dependent” questions. There is also a unique second version of each book that includes character prompts. The characters ask the reader to complete tasks and interact with the book. Several characters also ask text-dependent questions. These questions were included in our shared reading resources so that teachers can start working with our youngest learners on how to look more deeply into what they are reading.

Begin Free Trial

Science A-Z offers teachers and students access to multiple resources that incorporate text-dependent questions. These include Quick Reads, Discussion Cards, and Unit Quizzes. These questions promote critical thinking skills and require students to closely reread in order to fully understand a concept or fact.

Our Investigation Packs are sets of student texts built around answering a text-dependent question. Students each read one file. Then as a group, they collect evidence from the text to identify what all the files had in common.

Begin Free Trial