Text Dependent Question Stems for Close Reading, Literature Circles and Guided Reading



  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
  • Subjects: Reading
  • Product Type: Lesson/Unit Plans, Printable
  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

Product Description

84 text dependent questions to get students back into the text!

Text-Dependent Question Stems

The Common Core State Standards expect students to use evidence from different texts to analyze, comprehend and synthesize information. One of the main tools to help students develop these key reading skills is text-dependent questions.

Text-dependent questions force students back into the text to defend their claims, find themes and patterns, and compare. These text-dependent question stems are perfect for creating these types of questions on a variety of books. They have been left open-ended purposely, to allow each question to meet different levels, genres and formats.

Included in this download are:
•32 pages of teacher directions, examples and question stems.
•84 text-dependent questions tied directly to the Common Core Reading Anchor Standards

Each question also has the core anchor standard for which it meets typed on each card. This way you can ensure you are meeting all of the anchor standards for reading. The last page has four open-ended questions that could be adapted for each of the anchor standards. There are also two blank cards to fill in your own questions if needed. This document cannot be made editable due to copyright laws.

There are six cards to a page which makes printing easier. I recommend printing them off on colored cardstock, laminating and cutting them out, and whole-punching the corners so the cards can fit together on a ring. That way all of the cards stay together and won’t be lost to the netherworlds known as student desks.


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I have taught for five years. I taught fifth grade for a year, a third-fourth split and straight third for the other years. Before I received my teaching license I worked with a preschool and an afterschool program that served Title 1 students K-6. I have been selected by my district to lead professional developments on the language arts and math common core. There, I trained teachers of all ranges in the new standards.


I believe in using Whole Brain Teaching. It actively encourages students to participate in a fun, yet controlled, manner. Students learn more when they are speaking, explaining, and showing all at the same time.


I received my Master's degree in Instructional Design and Teacher of the Year award from my school district.


I received my Bachelors from the University of Utah. While there, also received my English as a Second Language (ESL) endorsement. Two years later I graduated with my Masters of Education, Instrucational Design.


I love what I do! I find it thrilling to come to work everyday and help my students learn and grow. I love finding new and exciting ways to teach my students that are researched based and tied to the common core.

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