Citing Textual Evidence

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How many times have you marked down your learners' essays because they did not include textual evidence, or they did not cite their sources correctly? Put that red pen away and take out a lesson based on citing text from literature. Writers use Little Red Riding Hood by the Brothers Grimm to practice their citation skills, and fill out several cloze and guided reading activities to demonstrate proper ways to cite textual evidence.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Print the rules for citing evidence and as laminated posters
  • Helpful for language arts as well as social studies, science, or math research writing assignments
Classroom Considerations

  • Uses Little Red Riding Hood as the text in question, but you could adapt the activity to additional or alternate stories or informational text
  • Provides spaces for teacher name, subject area, and other information
  • Explicitly based on Common Core standard RL.7.1, but is applicable to every grade level

  • Provides a reflection at the end of the activity for writers to analyze their growing skills
  • Comes with answer keys for quick assessment
  • Properly guides writers through the process of citing textual evidence using a familiar and accessible story

  • None
Common Core