I created this resource to help students with learning the difference between evidence and elaboration. This will help them to include both when discussing or writing in response to text.
There is also an evidence and elaboration sentence starter sort: for the sort have students cut and sort out the sentence stems based on whether it is transition words used for evidence or elaboration.
Evidence is information cited from the text or graphic that supports their claim (answer).
Elaboration explains how the evidence supports their answer.
Remind students evidence comes from the text (point to the text)
Elaboration comes from their thinking (point to their brain)