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Some parents have asked our they can help their child with close reading and text dependent questions.  Sixth grade teachers make up the questions we use with stories, articles, and tests so, our resources are limited.    Listed below are the question stems we use to create questions.  These can be helpful to use with your child while he/she is reading at home.

 

Assessing Common Core State Standards

6th grade

 

RL.6.1

Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says   explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Which phrase/excerpt/sentence   from the passage supports the answer to Part A?

Which sentence from the   passage contributes to (the same tone) as the answer to Part A?

Which phrase from the article   gives you a clue to the meaning of _____?

What detail about (person,   setting, etc.) provides evidence for the answer in Part A?

What other piece of evidence   from the article supports the same claim as Part A?

RL.6.2

Determine a theme or a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed   through particular details; provide a summary of a text distinct from   personal opinions or judgments.

What is the main theme of this   passage?

What does the reader learn   about (the narrator’s family) in the passage?

What happens to ____ in Scene   5?

RL.6.3

Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series   of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves   toward a resolution.

Which of the following is an   inference the reader can make about (character) from this passage?

RL.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a   text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of a   specific word choice on meaning and tone.

What tone is suggested by the   language in this sentence?

Which sentence from the   passage contributes to the same tone as the answer to Part A? (Bpart)

What is the author’s tone in   the sentence/paragraph?

What is the meaning of the   word ___ as it is used in the text?

In Scene 2, what does the   phrase ____ suggest about ____?

 

RL.6.5

Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits   into the overall structure of the theme, setting, or plot.

How do the (first two   sentences of paragraph 1) contribute to the development of the plot?

How does ____ fit into the   overall meaning of the poem?

What detail in Scene 1 of the   play introduces the plot?

What is (character)’s motive   when he says, “Quote”?

 

 

RL.6.6

Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or   speaker in a text.

How does the narrator view   (character’s difficulties) in this passage?

How does the narrator’s point   of view affect the reader’s perception of ____?

What does the idea of ____mean   to the speaker?

In Scene 4, why does   (character) agree/disagree to _____?

How do the narrators in the   play contribute to the development of the plot?

 

RL.6.7

 

RL.6.8

 

RL.6.9

Compare and contrast texts in different forms or genres in terms of   their approaches to similar themes and topics.

In what way is the speaker in   the poem like the narrator in the passage?

RL.6.10

 

RI.6.1

 

RI.6.2

Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through   particular details; provide a summary of a text distinct from personal   opinions or judgments.

What is the central idea of   this article?

Based on the article, what was   the purpose of (detail)?

Based on the information in   the article, what is the relationship between ____ and ____?

How does (detail) lead to   problems between ____ and ____?

How does the author’s memory   help develop the central idea of the passage?

 

RI.6.3

Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced,   illustrated, or elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples and anecdotes)

How does the author first   introduce the idea that _____?

Based on the article, what is   one way that ____ contributes to (conflict)?

In paragraph 1, how does the   author describe (character, setting, situation)?

What is the author’s view of   _____?

RI.6.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a   text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

 

In paragraph 8, what does the   word/phrase/term ____ mean?

RI.6.5

Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section   fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development   of ideas.

How does (text feature –   graph, title, etc.) contribute to this article?

How does the section titled   ____ help develop important ideas in the article?

How does paragraph 2 help   develop the author’s ideas?

How does paragraph 2   contribute to the rest of the passage?

How do the last two paragraphs   change the tone and direction of the article?

In paragraph 7, what effect   does the (dialogue) have on the author?

How does the opening sentence   help the author develop ideas in the rest of the passage?

RI.6.6

Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and explain   how it is conveyed in the text.

What is the author’s view of   _____?

What did the author want to   accomplish by writing this article?

In paragraphs 3-5, what does   ___ show about the author’s point of view?

What is the author’s main   concern in the passage?

What is the author’s main purpose   in the excerpt?

What is the author’s attitude   towards ____?

What is the author’s   impression of ___?

How does the author portray   himself in the passage?

RI.6.7

 

RI.6.8

Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text,   distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from claims   that are not.

What claim does the author   make about ____?

What evidence does the author   present to support his claim that ____?

What other evidence from the   article supports the same claim? (B part)

RI.6.9

 

RI.6.10

 

L.6.1

 

L.6.2

 

L.6.3

 

L.6.4

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multi-meaning words   and phrases based on grade 6 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a   range of strategies.

a)      Use   context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

b)      Use   common grade-appropriate Greek or Latin roots as clues.

c)       Consult   reference materials, both print and digital, to find the pronunciation of a   word or determine or clarify its precise meaning or its part of speech.

d)      Verify   the preliminary determine of the meaning of a word or phrase

 

What is the meaning of the   word ____ as it is used in paragraph ____ of the passage? (a)

What meaning of the word ____   fits the way it is used in paragraph 7?

(c) may include a dictionary   entry to support

L.6.5

Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships,   and nuances in word meanings.

a)      Interpret   figures of speech (e.g., personification) in context.

b)      Use   the relationship between particular words (e.g., cause/effect, part/whole,   item/category) to better understand each of the words.

c)         Distinguish among the connotations   (associations) of words with similar denotations (definitions).

In paragraph 2, what does it   mean to say that certain gases “are creating a heavy blanket”?

In paragraph 3 of the passage,   what does “a good talking to” mean?

How does the narrator feel   towards (character/circumstance/etc)?

Based on the language in Scene   6, how does ____ feel about ______?