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Text-Dependent Question Resources

The Common Core State Standards expect students to use evidence from texts to present careful analyses, well-defended claims, and clear information. A central tool to help students develop these skills is text-dependent questions: questions that can only be answered by referring back to the text.

On this page teachers can find tools to help write and evaluate text-dependent questions, as well as a link to lesson materials with examples of text-dependent questions included.


Short Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions

Seven simple steps to create your own questions for close analytic reading.

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Complete Guide to Creating Text-Dependent Questions

Thorough explanation of the how and why of text-dependent questions for close, analytic reading. Includes examples.

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Checklist for Evaluating Question Quality

Clear checklist for evaluating the quality of text-dependent questions.

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Generating Questions from Qualitative Dimensions of Complexity

1-pg handout to help teachers write high-quality questions based on the elements of text complexity.

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Professional Development: Understanding Text-Dependent Questions

Understanding Text-Dependent Questions is a 1-4 hour module designed to promote understanding of how text-dependent questions support the key shifts required by the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy

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