Citing Text Evidence in Middle School


Give your middle school students this easy to follow 4-step plan to use when citing evidence!

When teaching students how to use various skills in the classroom, I like to break it down into manageable steps.  Then, using the steps like a checklist, students experience much more success when working with the skill.  I have created "blueprints" for things like central idea, theme, character development and more which helps to reach all learners.

I always start with vocabulary.  I want to make sure students know words like cite, relevant, sufficient and so on.  We work with graphic organizers, a vocabulary practice activity and even take a quiz.  This year, it has been all digital.

Teach your middle school students the key vocabulary associated with Citing Text Evidence to set them up for success!

Then I give the students the steps in a guided interactive notes format that they can refer back to throughout the year:

Step #1

Determine the claim or statement being made.

Step #2

Find evidence that supports that claim or statement.

Step #3

Determine if the evidence is relevant & sufficient

Step #4

Cite the evidence by preparing and quoting

Teach your Middle School students how to cite textual evidence in 4 steps with a video of a PowerPoint and matching interactive guided notes that I call Pixanotes®. A perfect way to help teach R.CCR.1!

I include a video with my digital notes that students can refer back to as many times as they'd like.

There's also a short quiz to make sure that students are internalizing the information from the notes.

Next, it's time to practice the skill. I love this digital game (below) because it's very interactive and not only covers the skill, but requires students to apply what they have learned.

Give your middle school students an opportunity to practice / process the concept of citing evidence from a text with this NO-PREP digital game!

To wrap up this unit, I give a text-based assessment.  This assessment is text-based and has questions that mirror those on standardized tests.  

Put this all together and students have learned, practiced and been assessed on a very important skill that they will use throughout the year!

Ready to try it?  Check out the digital bundle by clicking here or on the image below.

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