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ERIC Number: ED541437
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Text Dependent Questions and the CCSS
Aspen Institute
An effective text dependent question first and foremost embraces the key principle of close reading embedded in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Anchor Reading Standards by asking students to provide evidence from complex text and draw inferences based on what the text explicitly says (Standards 1 and 10). A close look at the intervening Anchor Reading Standards 2-9 reveals that the variety of tasks they call on students to perform all critically rely on consulting the text for answers. As the name suggests, a text dependent question privileges the text itself and the information students can extract from it. An effective text dependent question delves into the words, sentences, and paragraphs of a text to guide students in extracting the key meanings or ideas and events found there. They target academic vocabulary and crucial passages as focal points for gaining comprehension through examining details, explanations and arguments. Yet this focus on evidence drawn from the text is not an end in itself; rather, it serves as a method to focus students on performing the close reading skills spelled out in the intervening Anchor Reading Standards 2-9. Successful text dependent questions therefore reflect the principles of close reading by juxtaposing the specific demands of the reading standards against passages drawn from complex text.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Aspen Institute