According to authors of the Common Core State Standards, we want students to be able to “read like a detective, and write like an investigative reporter” (D. Coleman, 2011). Students need to be able to read a longer text closely, analyze it, and have deeper discussion around well-crafted text-dependent questions.
This guide was created to help teachers work through this novel with their students. Whether it is in a whole group, small group, intervention settings, or others, these text-dependent questions will get students to go back, re-read, look for evidence, and have scholarly discussions based in text evidence. This guide is not an exhaustive list. Rather, they are questions that I have used with both struggling readers and accelerated readers, including all in between, that generate strong discussion and teach students how to read a text closely in order to analyze it fully.
*The Common Core Standard each question primarily addresses is noted for each question.*
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