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Larissa Robinson

on 20 December 2013

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I can cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

How to succeed in text dependent writing using explicit textual evidence?
When we read, we are often asked to answer questions or express our ideas about the text. In order to let people know we aren’t just making stuff up, we should use Explicit Textual Evidence to support our opinions or answers.

Explicit = what does it mean?
Textual = what does it mean?
Evidence = what does it mean?

What would a text dependent writing sample look like? Remember the 3 do's?
Let's try it.
The author’s purpose was to make people aware that cats killing birds has become a problem and that any solution to the problem will be controversial. {NAME IT} In the first paragraph, the author points out that, “Cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion [cats] per year.” {NAME IT} The author’s use of this statistic catches a reader’s eye because they are such big numbers. In my opinion, this shows just how big the problem is. {NAME IT} Then, in the second paragraph, the author says that there are two controversial ways to solve the problem, by either catching wild cats and performing surgery on them so they can’t reproduce or catching and killing them. {{NAME IT} The author was demonstrating that the possible solutions are controversial because most people probably would not like the idea of cats being caught in order to either operate on them. Furthermore, a lot of people would find killing cats to be deplorable and saddening. {NAME IT} I believe the author's purpose for solving the cat population was clearly a hot topic and one that people were sure to have opinions about. {Bonus-NAME IT}

What's the process to use for text dependent writing?
you had about the text.
in the text that led you to that idea by giving supporting evidence from the text (by paraphrasing or directly quoting from the text). If you are directly quoting from a text, you must use quotation marks.
that you pointed out and how it supports your idea(s).

Suppose I read this article
Cats kill between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion birds every year in the United States alone, a new report concludes. That’s nearly a billion more birds – at least – than estimated by some previous studies, Peter Marra told Science News. This research scientist, who works at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., led the new study.
Any long-term solution will be controversial. Some people propose catching wild cats and neutering them, which means performing surgery to make them unable to reproduce. That won’t make them kill fewer animals. But it will slow the increase in number of these natural-born killers. Other people have proposed catching and killing feral cats.

Text Dependent Writing is Easy
I can cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.
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