by Center for Assessment
Responding to text-dependent analysis questions require students to “draw evidence from literary or informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.”
To respond to a TDA prompt, students must read literary and/or informational text and then write an essay response that draws evidence, both explicit and implicit, from the text to support their analysis using effective written communication knowledge and skills. This practice of close, analytic reading requires students to critically examine a text to analyze the deep structures and big ideas and then provide evidence from the text in support of their responses. TDA prompts, therefore, represent a move beyond general reading comprehension questions, such as “What is the main idea?”, to specific questions that require students to draw evidence from the text in defining their response and explaining the relevance of that evidence in writing.
The following series of video modules, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, have been created to assist educators in understanding and deepening their knowledge of text-dependent analysis questions.
Text-Dependent Analysis Modules
- An Introduction to Text Dependent Analysis Questions
- Developing a Text-Dependent Analysis Question
- A Close Reading Lesson Leading to a Text-Dependent Analysis Question
- Analyzing Student Work from a Text-Dependent Analysis Question
- Scoring Student Work from a Text-Dependent Analysis Question