Posted on 12/21/2017 at 07:58 AM by Blog Experts

Text‐Dependent Questions: What Are They?

“The Common Core State Standards for reading strongly focus on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read.  Indeed, nearly all of the Reading Standards in each grade require text‐dependent analysis; accordingly, aligned curriculum materials should have a similar percentage of text‐dependent questions.   As the name suggests, a text‐dependent question specifically asks a question that can only be answered by referring explicitly back to the text being read.  It does not rely on any particular background information extraneous to the text nor depend on students having other experiences or knowledge; instead it privileges the text itself and what students can extract from what is before them.”

~Achieve the Core  



Check out these resources:

Achieve the Core


Fisher & Frey

Build Text-Dependent Questions to Facilitate Close Reading of Complex Text

Text-Dependent Questions

Prompts for Text-Dependent Questions

Text Dependent Questions: Sample Question Starters

Costa’s Levels of Questioning

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