Text Dependent Questions Lesson Plan

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Use this lesson plan to help students seeking education certification understand how to use text-dependent questions in the classroom. This lesson plan centers around a text lesson and includes an engaging activity.

Lesson Objectives

With the help of this lesson plan, students will be able to:

  • Identify text-dependent questions
  • Identify curriculum standards that relate to text-dependent questions
  • Explain the importance of using text-dependent questions as a reading response strategy
  • Create text-dependent questions on a variety of levels


90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) English Assessment Objectives

  • Objective 3: Understand how to interpret and analyze literary text
    • A. Understand how textual evidence supports interpretations of a literary text
  • Objective 4: Understand literary elements and figurative language in text
    • A. Understand how literary elements (e.g., characterization, setting, tone, dialect) contribute to the meaning of a text
    • B. Understand how figurative language contributes to the effect of a text


Key Vocabulary

  • textual evidence
  • text-dependent
  • inferences
  • literary devices
  • dialectical journals
  • argumentation
  • open-response questions


Begin by introducing your students to some of the standards associated with text-dependent questions and discuss how this method applies to many different subject areas, but especially to the English classroom. For example:

  • Middle School
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.7.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.
  • High School
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.1: Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
    • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.9-10.2: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Then, introduce the text lesson:

  1. Hand out copies of Text-Dependent Writing Responses: Use & Examples.
  2. Review the information in the introductory section, ''What is a Text-Dependent Question?'' Field questions and ask students to share examples from their own learning experiences.
  3. Explain that the remaining four sections of the lesson are organized by difficulty and are best used in sequence when first teaching text-dependent questions. For example, instruction can begin with questions about basic facts in an article and move forward to inferences and opinion questions.

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