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Ways to Respond to the Text:

1. Create a Venn Diagram.
 

 
Fiction: Compare/contrast two characters from the text OR read two different texts and compare/contrast the themes.

Non-Fiction: Read two different texts and compare/contrast the topics.

2. Have students keep a journal. After reading a non-fiction text, have students choose one activity to complete in the journal.
 
 
 
 
3. After reading a fiction text, have students choose one activity to complete in their journal.
 
 
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TEXT-DEPENDENT QUESTIONS
WHAT ARE TEXT-DEPENDENT QUESTIONS?
 
Text-dependent questions are those that can only be answered by referring back to the text being read. The Common Core State Standards require students to “read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.” They must also cite evidence from the text when responding orally or when writing an answer to questions about the text.

1.) After your child reads a fiction book, or a chapter of a fiction book, ask them the text dependent questions listed below. First, have your child orally share his/her answers with you. After sharing out loud, have your child write down their answers as well as any page numbers that helped them to answer.

  • The words ___________ show me that the character is ___________.
  • The character's strengths are ___________. The text shows me this when it says ___________.
  • The character's weaknesses are ___________. I know this because the text says ___________.
  • The main character treats other characters ___________. The evidence for this is ___________.
  • The main character changes because in the beginning he/she is ___________ but at the end he/she ____________. I know this because the text says __________.
  • The author shows the character's feelings when the text says ___________.
2.) After your child reads a non-fiction book, or chapter of a non-fiction book, ask them the text dependent questions listed below. First, have your child orally share his/her answers with you. Next, have your child write down his/her answers as well as any page numbers that helped them to answer.
  • This caption:___________ helped me to learn___________.
  • The author used the text feature of ___________ in order to ___________.
  • The author used ___________ to help me gain information about ___________.
  • The author used the text structure of ___________. This was a good choice because ___________.
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