Textual Evidence - Beginning

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SWBAT fluently incorporate textual evidence into their writing.

Big Idea

Inferences need to be supported with textual evidence.

Introducing Textual Evidence

20 minutes

I used this lesson with the Textual Evidence Power Point to introduce the use of textual evidence at the beginning of the year.  There is another, more detailed lesson that I use second semester to reinforce the use of textual evidence.

We began by students writing a response to the prompt (screen 2) – What is textual evidence and why is it important?

Students shared their responses with the whole class.  Then we continued with screen 3 which defined and explained textual evidence.

We also discussed synonyms (screen 7) that could be used and mean “textual evidence”. 

Practice Locating Textual Evidence

10 minutes

Next, we read a sample passage as a whole class (screens 5 – 6).   We made inferences about the passage and created a chart (screen 7)  that would support the inference with textual evidence. 

As a class, we discussed that it is necessary to write a sentence using our inference and textual evidence.  It’s necessary for the sentence to be fluent, so we brainstormed some words that students could use to incorporate the textual evidence into a well-developed sentence instead of always repeating the word “says”.  Screen 8 is a list of verbs that could be used.  We decided to call these verbs “Textual Evidence Verbs” 

Practice Writing Sentences Using Textual Evidence

15 minutes

In screens 9 – 11, we practiced creating well-developed sentences incorporating “Textual Evidence Verbs”.  We used the ideas presented in screen #7 to transform these ideas.