5th Grade Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) Text Evidence Writing

5th Grade Text Dependent Analysis (TDA) Text Evidence Writing


Are you teaching in South Carolina or another state that is now using Text Dependent Analysis for the writing portion of the state test? These passages and questions were developed with you in mind! This is different from Step-By-Step Text Evidence resource. This resource was designed for 5th grade but would work well for 6th grade too. Now available in PDF, GOOGLE, and POWERPOINT.

PDF: This is the printable version. It also has the teacher notes and Google Link.

GOOGLE: This is for students. Please see the PDF for the link to Google.

POWERPOINT: This is for students. See the PDF for directions.

GOOGLE AND POWERPOINT: Font size is larger and takes up more pages.

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1. How to Develop Proficient Text-Dependent Writers

Ideas and anchor chart on how to implement this resource

2. Generic Text-Dependent Analysis Questions (3 pages)

They are divided into categories. These are great for the teacher to use when reading other material and for a student resource binder.

3. Reading Passages (8 total)

There are 2 passages for each: Fiction, Science, Math, Social Studies. If you work in teams, each partner can use them in his/her subject area!

4. 3 TDA Questions per passage.

There is a page to display on your smart board with all three questions on one page (in the PDF) if you want to save paper and use notebooks and/or would like to display all questions for the students to choose.


There are writing templates with lines (for printable) and text boxes (for digital) for each question. (24 total).

5. Forms: Rubric and Tracking Chart (Use this to track student progress!)


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