Analyzing Text-Dependent Prompts

The ability to interpret and accurately respond to a writing task is critical for students at all grade levels. Although each content area produces its own unique prompts, there are a number of universal questions that students could use to attack virtually all writing tasks. Once students learn how to independently read and respond to writing prompts, they will be able to apply this skill to the reading of different types of prompts like word problems and short answer exam questions.

Where is this in the Reading/Writing Process: Step 1

Explicitly Teach: Explain. Connect. Model. Practice.

Cycle of Independence: I do. We do. They do. You do.

Origin: The marking process as explained here was developed by LiteracyTA. The questions that drive the markings were developed by Dr. Ann Johns, Professor Emeritus San Diego State University.

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Analyzing Text-Dependent Prompts Step-By-Step Process

Plan your lesson Plan your lesson

Planning Journal

Teach the skill Teach the skill

Problem and Solution
Interactive Lesson

Differentiate and support learning Differentiate and support learning

Verbs in Prompts
Discussing the Task
Cloze Prompt
Reading Rubrics

Assess and track growth Assess and track growth

Performance Tracker
Teacher Reflection

Practice skills in all subjects

Analyzing Questions
Analyzing Practice
Guide in Spanish
Rubric in Spanish
Do/What T-Chart

Literacy Standards In Action

We've mapped our literacy lessons and reading, speaking, and writing skills to state standards, Common Core, and NGSS. The standards are "the what" to teach. Our lessons are "the how" to meet the expectations defined by the standards. Click on the links below to view our quick reference table that maps standards to literacy lessons.

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts, using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences.
Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
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