TDA Flip Folder

TDA Flip Folder
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T-D-A. My learning support students would cringe when I said those three letters during ELA. Honestly, I would too! Having them read, and then re-read, and then make connections, and then state their claim, and then support their claim, and then turn all of that into a written response. Yikes! I didn't want my learning support students, or even the other students in the ELA room I co-teach in, to become discouraged and give up before they started - when having to answer a Text Dependent Analysis question.

My TDA Flip Folder breaks having to answer a Text Dependent Analysis question down into simpler steps. Students use the folder not only as a reference guide, but also as a place to organize all of their thoughts before putting them on to paper. It does take some time to assemble, BUT one of the best parts about the folder is once they're put together they're good throughout the year! I allow my students to use their folders any time they are completing a TDA written response. They are perfect to use at centers, independently at their seats, or even to take home!

What's Included...

- covers for the front of the folder
- pre-made notes to be put on the inside of the folder that include:
・What is a TDA Question
・Understanding the Writing Prompt
・What Should be Included in the Response
・Textual Evidence Sentence Starters
・Transition Words and Phrases
・ Steps to Develop a Claim
- a blank copy of the notes to customize yourself
- a place for students to organize their ideas that includes...
・a place for writing your thesis statement/claim
・listing your reasons and evidence to support your reasons
・your conclusion
・TDA Writer's Checklist
- strips for students to write their thesis statement/claim
- squares to write their reasons, evidence, and conclusion (w/the option of printing on sticky notes)
- an optional writer's checklist, as well as a blank version to customize on your own


You will be receiving this as a PDF and as a Powerpoint that includes editable slides.
On all "editable" slides you will are able to insert text boxes for the text you would like to appear.

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Adapted Materials: ELA

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