The Common Core State Standards for reading strongly focus on students gathering evidence, knowledge, and insight from what they read. Indeed, eighty to ninety percent of the Reading Standards in each grade require text dependent analysis; accordingly, aligned curriculum materials should have a similar percentage of text dependent questions.
Writing about reading requires more resources than when students are just asked to write about what they already know. Model, model, and continue to model all year using the steps in the Acronym R.A.T.S.
I have included:
the R.A.T.S poster/handout, a handout/poster which shows how to wrap up your response, notes to the teacher, and information about text-dependent questions.