This module is for Middle School Wrap Up

Now it’s time to think about how to apply these concepts to your classroom practices.  An effective teacher uses the principles in this module to plan, implement and reflect upon classroom lessons that use text-dependent questions, which allow students to read closely and dig deeply into the core meanings of the text.

Test Your Knowledge

Read each question and think about whether or not the question is reflective and truly would prompt you to think about your teaching practices with regard to text-dependent questions. 

Final Considerations

Good text-dependent questions will often linger over specific phrases and sentences to ensure careful comprehension of the text—they help students see something worthwhile that they would not have seen on a more cursory reading.  Typical text-dependent questions ask students to perform one or more of the following tasks:

  • Analyze paragraphs on a sentence-by-sentence basis and sentences on a word-by-word basis to determine the role played by individual paragraphs, sentences, phrases or words.
  • Think about the importance of words, phrases, uses of figurative language, and choices of connotative ideas.  Consider how authors make specific and strategic choices to shape an overall understanding of the text.
  • Consider the author’s beginning and ending to the story or the text.  Think about how the author created impact regarding his/her overall message.
  • Utilize the grade-specific MCCRS standards in order to generate the question that leads to the greater understanding of the text.
  • Consider what the text leaves uncertain or unstated.
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