Cite Evidence from Informational Texts

By (date), after reading a grade-level informational text, (name) will correctly respond to (3 out of 4) short-answer, analytical questions that require (him/her) to infer information from explicit information in the text (e.g. “In his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, what did Steve Jobs mean when... he said that getting fired from Apple was "the best thing that could have ever happened" to him?) by writing (3-6) sentences, including (1-2) citations of textual evidence from which each inference is logically drawn to support (his/her) answer, for each question for 3 out of 4 texts.
  • By (date), after reading a grade-level text and viewing a sample response to a short-answer, analytical question, (name) will correctly respond to (3 out of 4) short-answer, analytical questions that require (him/her) to infer information from explicit information in the text by using a structured format (e.g. Sentence stems: “I know ______ because the text states, ‘______.’ This shows ______.”) that includes a citation from the text from which the inference is logically drawn to answer each question for 3 out of 4 texts.
  • By (date), after reading an informational text at (his/her) instructional level, (name) will correctly respond to (4 out of 5) multiple choice questions that require (him/her) to read an inferential statement about the text and select—from three answer choices—the answer that references the excerpt from the text that most logically supports it for 3 out of 4 texts.
  • By (date), after viewing each of (3-4) photographs from or related to the informational text, (name) will verbally respond to (1) inferential question (e.g. “How does the person feel?”, “When time of day or time during history was the photo taken?”, or “What is the relationship between the people in the photo?”) and name (1) example of evidence to support (his/her) answer, which will be evaluated by a teacher.

UDL-Aligned Strategies About UDL

  • Vary demands and resources to optimize challenge
    If a student struggles to put thoughts into words, multiple choice questions can substitute for written responses, while allowing that student to demonstrate the ability to link inferential information to the evidence from the text that directly supports it. Narrowing the potential answers to three or four choices lessens the demand but fulfills the purpose of the objective. Replacing short-answer questions with multiple choice questions may allow a student to view a task that might have seemed daunting and abstract as manageable.
  • UDL II 5.2 Use multiple tools for construction and composition
    Some students find the subjective nature of written-response questions intimidating or confusing. Providing a formulaic structure for students to apply to their short-answer questions can benefit students who work better within frameworks. Sentence stems allow students to meet the requirements for a particular written response and give them a clear pattern of steps to follow. The following sentence-starters are suitable to the task of using strong textual evidence to support the analysis of a text: I know ______ because the text states, “______.” This shows ______. The first part of the structure requires a student to answer the question and provide textual evidence that proves his answer. The second part allows him to interpret the evidence and state its connection to the answer.
  • UDL I 1.3 Offer alternatives for visual information
    Not every student must work with prose to demonstrate her ability to use strong textual evidence to support analysis of that text. Photographs and videos may replace written texts for students who require images to master objectives. Students can use explicit images of facial expressions, objects, actions and settings to make logical assumptions about the people or events in the photograph or video. For example, if a student sees an image of a man crying and holding a tattered dog leash, he can infer the man’s dog died or ran away.

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Standards

RI.9-10.1 Key Ideas and Details
RI.9-10.1 Key Ideas and Details
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Standard Staircase

Ask Questions About a Text

By (date), after a read aloud of a nonfiction text, when verbally prompted by the teacher (e.g. Teacher says “Tell us about something important that we learned from the text.”), (name) will verbally respond with (1) question or statement about the text (e.g. Student asks “I was wondering how bears know when to wake up from hibernation?”) during (3 out of 3) class discussions.

Identify Person from Familiar Text

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text with the teacher, listening to the teacher model (1) question and answer (e.g. “Who is the postal carrier? The postal carrier is the person who delivers mail to people’s homes.”), and when asked (1) question about a person, object, or place from the text, (name) will verbally answer the question, for (4 of 5) nonfiction reading sessions.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Answer Questions about Details in a Text

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text, when verbally prompted by the teacher (e.g. Teacher says “Tell about something important that you learned from the text.”), (name) will verbally respond with (1) question or statement about the text (e.g. Student asks “I was wondering how bears know when to wake up from hibernation?”) during (3 out of 3) text discussions.

Identify Person from Familiar Text

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text with the teacher, listening to the teacher model (1) question and answer (e.g. “Who is the postal carrier? The postal carrier is the person who delivers mail to people’s homes.”), and when asked (1) question about a person, object, or place from the text, (name) will verbally answer the question, for (4 of 5) nonfiction reading sessions.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Ask/Answer Questions About a Text

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text, when given a set of questions to answer for a small-group text discussion, (name) will verbally or in written form ask or answer at least (3) questions (e.g. Who, What, When, Why, Where, or How) about text details, during (3 of 3) reading sessions.

Identify Person from Familiar Text

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text with the teacher, listening to the teacher model (1) question and answer (e.g. “Who is the postal carrier? The postal carrier is the person who delivers mail to people’s homes.”), and when asked (1) question about a person, object, or place from the text, (name) will verbally answer the question, for (4 of 5) nonfiction reading sessions.

Use Characteristics to Identify Objects

By (date), given (3) objects that are verbally labeled by the teacher and asked to choose which object has a specific physical or performance characteristic, (name) will select the object, for (4 out of 5) object identification activities.

Refer to Textual Evidence

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text and asked a verbal question about what the text says explicitly, (name) will answer the question in writing by referring to (1) detail from the text in (4 out of 5) nonfiction texts.

Use Nonfiction Texts to Ask Questions

By (date) after reading a grade level nonfiction text (e.g. Titanic), (name) will identify (1) explicit key detail (e.g. People thought the Titanic was “unsinkable”) and (1) implicit key detail (e.g. Captain Smith did not expect the Titanic to have any difficulty sailing) and he/she will use these details to develop (2) questions; (1) factual question with a text reference (e.g. On what page did the text explain the reasons why the Titanic was called “unsinkable?”) and (1) inferential question with a text reference (e.g. “What clues in the text led you to believe Captain Smith was not prepared for an emergency?) in (4 out of 5) writing exercises.

Use Questions to Show Comprehension

By (date), after reading a grade level informational text and given a 2-column table labeled “Questions” and “Answers from Text,” (name) will develop (5) questions in the “Questions” column that demonstrate comprehension (e.g. “Which form of matter has a definite shape?”). (Name) will then trade tables with a peer, and use the text to answer (5) questions developed by the peer in the "Answers from Text" column. (Name) will demonstrate mastery in (4 out 5) trials as measured by questions and responses.

Answer Questions Based on a Text

By (date), immediately after reading a instructional-level text (e.g. graphic novel) of his/her choice, (name) will verbally answer at least (3) WH- questions (e.g. who, what, when, where), provided with the text, with no more than (1) sentence frame per question (e.g. Teacher says "The girl went to the..."), in (4 of 5) reading opportunities.

Understands Stories Read in Class

By (date), after a reader's theater of a story in class, (name) will demonstrate understanding of the story by role playing or acting out the answer for (2) comprehension questions (e.g. "What happens to the main character at the beginning of the story?") for (2 out of 3) stories.

Use Text Details to Make Inferences

By (date), when given a (3-4) paragraph of grade level informational passage (e.g. a science article from National Geographic Kids, (student) will infer the main purpose of the passage, write (2-3) sentences about the main purpose, and underline (3-4) examples and details from text that were used to infer the main purpose, for (2 out of 3) passages for (4 out of 4) inference identifying exercises.

Use Textual Evidence to Support Inferences and Conclusions

By (date), after reading a grade-level, nonfiction text (e.g. a biography of Abraham Lincoln), when given an inference-analysis prompt (e.g. "Use two details from the text to explain how Abraham Lincoln was an honest man."), (name) will write a (3-5) sentence paragraph stating (2) details from the text and explaining how the details support his/her understanding of the inference in (5 out of 5) inference-analysis opportunities.

Refer to Textual Evidence

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text and given a verbal claim about that text, (name) will support the claim by referring to (2) details in writing from the text for (4 out of 5) nonfiction texts.

Answer Questions Based on a Text

By (date), immediately after reading a instructional-level text (e.g. graphic novel) of his/her choice, (name) will verbally answer at least (3) WH- questions (e.g. who, what, when, where), provided with the text, with no more than (1) sentence frame per question (e.g. Teacher says "The girl went to the..."), in (4 of 5) reading opportunities.

Understands Stories Read in Class

By (date), after a reader's theater of a story in class, (name) will demonstrate understanding of the story by role playing or acting out the answer for (2) comprehension questions (e.g. "What happens to the main character at the beginning of the story?") for (2 out of 3) stories.

Quote Textual Evidence

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text and given a verbal claim about the text, (name) will support the claim by writing (2) quoted details from the text for (4 out of 5) nonfiction texts.

Use Quotes From Text to Support Thinking

By (date), after reading a grade-level informational text and given a verbal and visual writing prompt (e.g. Teacher says and writes on board "In approximately 200 words, use two quotes to support an explanation of the author’s purpose"), (name) will use at least (2) direct quotes from the text to support both (1) denotative claim and (1) inferential claim about the text when writing a (2)-paragraph response according to a teacher-created rubric, for (3 of 3) essay responses.

Answer Questions Based on a Text

By (date), immediately after reading a instructional-level text (e.g. graphic novel) of his/her choice, (name) will verbally answer at least (3) WH- questions (e.g. who, what, when, where), provided with the text, with no more than (1) sentence frame per question (e.g. Teacher says "The girl went to the..."), in (4 of 5) reading opportunities.

Understands Stories Read in Class

By (date), after a reader's theater of a story in class, (name) will demonstrate understanding of the story by role playing or acting out the answer for (2) comprehension questions (e.g. "What happens to the main character at the beginning of the story?") for (2 out of 3) stories.

Cite Evidence to Support Analysis

After reading text written at grade level, (name) will support a central idea or key conclusion of the text by using (2 or more) pieces of textual evidence (one explicit, and one implicit) to support their analysis for (4 out of 5) texts.

Identify Evidence for a Text's Claim

By (date), after listening to a read aloud of a familiar text, when given a verbal claim about the text (e.g. Teacher says "How do you know that character A is upset with character B?"), (name) will identify at least (2) pieces of evidence from the text by pointing to a photo answer choice (e.g. photos portraying different scenes in the story) from a field of (4) picture answer choices within (10) seconds of the verbal prompt, for (4 out of 5) story comprehension activities.

Cite Evidence to Support Analysis

After reading a text written at grade level, (name) will support a central idea or key conclusion of the text by using (4 or more) pieces of textual evidence (one explicit, and one implicit) to support their analysis for (4 out of 5) texts.

Identify Evidence for a Text's Claim

By (date), after listening to a read aloud of a familiar text, when given a verbal claim about the text (e.g. Teacher says "How do you know that character A is upset with character B?"), (name) will identify at least (2) pieces of evidence from the text by pointing to a photo answer choice (e.g. photos portraying different scenes in the story) from a field of (4) picture answer choices within (10) seconds of the verbal prompt, for (4 out of 5) story comprehension activities.

Cite Strongest Evidence to Support Analysis

By (date), after reading a grade-level informational text, (name) will analyze the text by writing a (5)-sentence paragraph that states the central idea or key conclusion of the text and uses at least (3) pieces of strongest textual evidence (e.g., two explicit, and one implicit) to support their analysis for (4 out of 5) central idea and details activities.

Identify Evidence for a Text's Claim

By (date), after listening to a read aloud of a familiar text, when given a verbal claim about the text (e.g. Teacher says "How do you know that character A is upset with character B?"), (name) will identify at least (2) pieces of evidence from the text by pointing to a photo answer choice (e.g. photos portraying different scenes in the story) from a field of (4) picture answer choices within (10) seconds of the verbal prompt, for (4 out of 5) story comprehension activities.

Support Claims by Citing Evidence

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text and given a written, multi-step prompt, (name) will respond in writing and include (3) pieces of evidence from the text that support claims for (4 out of 5) nonfiction texts.

Cite Evidence from Informational Texts

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By (date), after reading a grade-level informational text, (name) will correctly respond to (3 out of 4) short-answer, analytical questions that require (him/her) to infer information from explicit information in the text (e.g. “In his 2005 commencement speech at Stanford University, what did Steve Jobs mean when he said that getting fired from Apple was "the best thing that could have ever happened" to him?) by writing (3-6) sentences, including (1-2) citations of textual evidence from which each inference is logically drawn to support (his/her) answer, for each question for 3 out of 4 texts.

Use Evidence to Answer a Question

By (date), when asked a who, what, where or when question about a familiar informational text, (name) will choose the answer (e.g. by pointing, stating, using eye gaze) from (3) explicit textual details, for (3 out of 3) informational text analyses.

Cite Evidence to Analyze Informational Texts

By (date), after reading a grade-level informational text, (name) will write an analytical essay of (500) words (e.g. "After reading Amy Tan's 'Mother Tongue,' analyze the author's view on how a person's language skills shape his/her public perception.") that provides (5) citations from the text as logical justification for inferences made about the text and (1) reference to and commentary about a matter that remains uncertain for (3 out of 4) texts.

Cite Textual Evidence to Support Analysis

By (date), after reading a nonfiction text and given a written, multi-step prompt, (name) will write a short response that includes (3) pieces of evidence from the text for (4 out of 5) nonfiction texts.

Use Evidence to Answer a Question

By (date), when asked a who, what, where or when question about a familiar informational text, (name) will choose the answer (e.g. by pointing, stating, using eye gaze) from (3) explicit textual details, for (3 out of 3) informational text analyses.

Referenced Strategies

  • Alternate Text

    Instead of modifying a grade level text, an alternate text about the same topic is provided to the student. Alternate texts could be an abri...

  • Multiple Choice

    Before students are comfortable generating a free-form response, they can demonstrate their knowledge by selecting the correct answer(s) fro...

  • Sentence Starters

    A sentence starter provides a frame for students to express their thoughts in writing or speaking. It can be used to assist students to focu...

  • Leveled Texts

    Leveled texts belong to various leveling systems and are a common feature in today’s reading programs. Texts are classified and matched to s...