• Text-Dependent AnalysisReading Response StrategiesDirections: Carefully read over the following strategies for writing aresponse to a Text-Dependent Analysis Question (TDA).A Text-Dependent Analysis Question (TDA) is based on a passage orpassage set that you have read.Both literature and informational texts can be addressed by a this question type.You MUST use information from the passage or passages in order to develop acomplete, correct response to a TDA.Keep in mind that your Text-Dependent Analysis Responseshould include three main parts:1. Introduction2. Body (must include supporting text-based details)3. Conclusion Read the directions first. Highlight any significant information that may helpyou to understand what the question is asking. Make sure that you have read the entire passage carefully and more than onetime. Think about what the question is asking about the passage(s) and how thequestion relates to the passage(s). Are you asked to compare/contrast? Areyou asked to identify the quality traits of a character? Are you asked aboutone passage only or to make a connection between texts? Next, develop an introduction that restates the question in your own words.Use key words from the question to build your introduction Be sure to identifyyour opinion, topic, or controlling idea related to the text(s). Itmay be as simple as turning the question into a statement of youridea and building your introduction from that basic idea.However, NEVER begin your response with Yes or No. Do not be overly “wordy.” Keep it simple, on topic, and to thepoint. Avoid “announcing” what you are going to write about.DO NOT state, “These are some ways,” or “Here arereasons why,” or “I am going to tell you.”  Use a graphic organizer to gather and organize your thoughts for youressay response. For example, if asked to compare and contrast two things,you could use a Venn Diagram. On the other hand, if asked to characterizesomeone in the selection, you may want to create a Character Web. You mayalso choose to use a 4Square. Next, analyze the information from the passage(s), decide on a minimum ofthree ideas you believe to be the best to include in your response.Decide in which order your ideas should be presented. Ask yourself when creating your graphic organizer, “Do these details trulysupport the ideas I chose?” Are my details based on the text(story)? Use complete sentences throughout your response always making sure youare using evidence from the passage(s) to support your response. Be specific in your response. Use precise language and a variety of sentences.DO NOT overuse pronouns. Instead, state the names of characters, events,places, and times. Tell specifically who, what, when, and where so as not toconfuse the reader. Use transition words such as first, in addition, therefore, both, as a result of,etc. to connect your ideas. Be sure not to include your personal comments or opinions unless directly toldto do so in the question. You must be able to support your ideas with detailsfrom the text rather than your personal experiences. Never copy text directly from the passage. Use your OWN words! Finally, develop a conclusion that restates your introduction by indentifying anopinion, topic, or controlling idea related to the text(s). Avoid usingwords such as, this, that, these, those, there, and here. DO NOTstate—”These were some ways . . “ “Those were somereasons why. . .” ALWAYS Review your work! Be sure tocorrect errors in capitalization, spelling, sentenceformation, punctuation, and word choice.MECHANICS MATTER!!!
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