Text Dependent Analysis Essay Guide - Print & Digital

Grade Levels
6th - 12th
Formats Included
  • Google Drive™ folder (10 Files)
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This resource is designed to guide students step by step through the process of writing a text dependent analysis essay and can be used with any text: a novel, short story, play, nonfiction piece, etc. The resources included can be printed, used digitally, or a combination of the two. All resources are Google Docs.

Select from a variety of sample prompts to tailor to your text of choice or use a prompt of your own choosing. Students will brainstorm by collecting text evidence to support their response to the prompt and then draft an essay following a step-by-step organizer for each paragraph. Finally, students will engage in self and peer review before submitting a final draft. A model essay and adapted versions of the organizers are included as accommodations for students with IEPs or struggling writers.


*Sample text-dependent analysis prompts

*Brainstorming organizer & adapted version

*Highly structured introduction, body, and conclusion paragraph organizers & adapted versions

*Self and peer review activities

*Model essay

*Scoring rubric

*Related Common Core Anchor Standards

*Usage guide

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Total Pages
10 Files
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.


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