This module is for Middle School Activity 1

Activity 1 - Using Text-Dependent Questions at the Middle School Level

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Text-dependent questions target vocabulary and specific sentence structures to enhance reading comprehension.

An effective set of text-dependent questions delves systematically into a text to guide students toward extracting the key meanings or ideas. Text-dependent questions typically begin by exploring specific words, details and arguments, and then move on to examine the impact of those specifics on the text as a whole. Along the way, TDQs target academic vocabulary and specific sentence structures as critical focus points for gaining comprehension.

While there is no set process for generating a complete and coherent body of text-dependent questions for a text, the following process, adapted from guidelines published by Achieve the Coreopens in new window, is a good guide that can serve to generate a core series of questions for close reading and the development of text-dependent questions for any given text.

Explore the step-by-step process for creating text-dependent questions.