This Is the Text-Evidence Activity You Need

We often hear from teachers that finding and using text evidence is one of the most challenging skills for students to master. That's why we are so excited about our teacher-tested Core Skill Activity: Using Text Evidence. (And we hope that you will be too!) 

 

In this activity, students will practice:

  • finding text evidence
  • explaining WHY particular evidence supports an idea (and why other evidence does not)
  • quoting, paraphrasing, and citing
  • integrating text evidence into writing with transitions and commentary
  • weaving it all together by writing a paragraph

 

Differentiation

This activity is available in two levels for easy differentiation.

In the lower-level text evidence activity, students practice FINDING text evidence:

 

In the higher-level activity, students practice FINDING and USING text evidence:

 

Helpful handouts

Be sure to check out our two handouts: How to Use Text Evidence and Quoting and Paraphrasing. These are great tools for test-readiness and for reinforcing this important skill any time of year.

 

The activity and the handouts come with each issue of the magazine. For example, in the March 2017 issue, they are featured with the Paired Texts at Scope Online.

 

Try out this activity with your students and tell us how it went in the comments below!

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