This lesson uses the Gradual Release of Responsibility to model, practice, and independently demonstrate how to write text dependent responses and text dependent questions. Using the content of the Age of Exploration/Age of Discovery as the vehicle, this lesson is aimed at teaching students Common Core language of "text" - that a "text" could be actual written words, graphs, charts, maps, video, etc. This lesson is extremely organized and ready for you to use in your classroom right away! There are two versions of the lesson included: 1) college prep version, 2) modified version of materials for students needing greater scaffolding and assistance with reading comprehension. Students will gain a broader understanding of the Columbian Exchange through the content of this resource.