Creating Text Dependent Questions for ELLs: Examples for 6th–8th Grade

This guidance document provides useful tips for constructing text-dependent questions (TDQs) for English language learners (ELLs). In this post from Colorin Colorado!, the authors created TDQs for a middle school informational text that is appropriate for ELLs. These TDQs are based on the authors' previous work on adapting Achieve the Core's TDQ guides and developing a framework to scaffold TDQs for ELLs. The authors provide a step-by-step process for writing TDQs for the particular text they select and include instructional tasks and materials based on the process outlined.

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The authors of this blog post share their expertise in ELL learning and instruction by creating a step-by-step process for providing appropriate levels of support for ELLs in text comprehension. The TDQs from this post can be used by teachers in a close reading lesson, and the authors include a nicely-formatted PDF version of the lesson. More importantly, the authors give teachers of ELL students ideas on what to consider when creating TDQs and close reading lessons for ELLs.