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Creating Text Dependent Questions. Monica Curiel CLAS 2013. Text-Dependent Questions. Can only be answered with evidence from the text. Can be literal (checking for understanding) but must also involve analysis, synthesis, evaluation.

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Creating Text Dependent Questions

Monica Curiel



Text-Dependent Questions...

  • Can only be answered with evidence from the text.

  • Can be literal (checking for understanding) but must also involve analysis, synthesis, evaluation.

  • Focus on word, sentence, and paragraph, as well as larger ideas, themes, or events.

  • Focus on difficult portions of text in order to enhance reading proficiency.

Non-Examples and Examples

What makes Casey’s experiences at bat humorous?

What can you infer from King’sletter about the letter that he received?

“The Gettysburg Address” mentions the year 1776. According to Lincoln’s speech, why is this year significant to the events described in the speech?

Not Text-Dependent


In “Casey at the Bat,” Casey strikes out. Describe a time when you failed at something.

In “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” Dr. King discusses nonviolent protest. Discuss, in writing, a time when you wanted to fight against something that you felt was unfair.

In “The Gettysburg Address” Lincoln says the nation is dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Why is equality an important value to promote?

Types of Text-Dependent Questions

When you're writing or reviewing a set of questions,consider the following progression of question types:


  • Overallview

  • Sequenceof information

  • Storyarc

  • Mainclaimand evidence

  • Gistofpassage

GeneralUnderstandings in

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”

Retellthestoryinorderusing thewords



  • Searchfornuances in

  • meaning

  • Determineimportanceof ideas

  • Find supportingdetailsthat

  • supportmainideas

  • Answerswho,what,when, where,why,howmuch,or howmany.


  • Howlongdidittaketogofromahatched

  • eggtoabutterfly?

  • Whatisone food thatgavehimastomachache?Whatisonefoodthatdid notgive himastomachache?


  • Bridgesliteral and

  • inferentialmeanings

  • Denotation

  • Connotation

  • Shadesofmeaning

  • Figurativelanguage

  • Howorganization contributesto meaning





  • Genre:Entertain?Explain?Inform?

  • Persuade?

  • Pointofview:First-person,third-person

  • limited,omniscient,unreliablenarrator

  • CriticalLiteracy:Whosestoryisnot

  • represented?


Whotellsthestory—thenarratoror the caterpillar?


  • Not simply “guesses”

  • Consider the information and form responses

  • Analyze how multiple ideas build to a whole

  • “Read between the lines”


Thetitle of the book is"The Very HungryCaterpillar."Howdowe knowheishungry?

Opinions,Arguments,and Intertextual Connections

  • Author’s opinionandreasoning(K-5)

  • Claims

  • Evidence

  • Counterclaims

  • Ethos,Pathos, Logos

  • Rhetoric

  • Linkstoothertextsthroughoutthegrades

OpinionsandIntertextual Connections


Isthisahappystoryora sadone?Howdoyou know?


Howare thesetwo bookssimilar?Howare theydifferent?

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