Citing Evidence From The Text: Academic Vocabulary

Posted by Kristy Beaudry McCain on Mar 1, 2015 11:38:42 AM

Students need to be familiar with the academic vocabulary needed to cite textual evidence.

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Educators can introduce the content specific terms and phrases. Students can document them in their vocabulary notebooks.

  • Cite
  • Text Evidence
  • Dialogue
  • Direct Quote
  • Inferences
  • Cause
  • Effect


  • to quote (a passage, book, speech, writer, etc.)
  • to refer to or mention as by way of example, proof, or precedent
  • To give credit to the author

Text Evidence

  • Facts in the text
  • Something that gives proof or leads to a conclusion


  • a talking together; conversation
  • a literary work in the form of a conversation on a single topic
  • the passages of talk in a play, story, etc.

Direct Quote

  • Using the exact words of an author or piece of text


  • To produce a result
  • Anything producing an effect


  • The result of something
  • Influence or action on something


  • An educated guess made through observation
  • The act or process of deriving logical conclusions from premises known or assumed to be true.
  • The act of reasoning from factual knowledge or evidence.

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Cite Textual Evidence With Online Books

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Readers have the opportunity to enjoy these informational and engaging texts. Sharing these books is an excellent way to get students excited about reading. These books offer a great opportunity to enrich student’s vocabulary and content knowledge. Big Universe offers hundreds of titles in many different languages on thousands of topics. Find these informational and engaging texts

Teachers can use this informative text to help students learn how to make an inference.




What Just Happened? Reading Results and Making Inferences

Paul Challen (author)

Science never stops even when the experiment is complete. Now is the time to make sense of your data. This title teaches young scientists how to analyze, interpret, and communicate the results of their data.


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Using the graphics, students can activate prior knowledge--bridge what they already know with what they have yet to learn. Graphically illustrated biographies also teach inference skills, character development, dialogue, transitions, and drawing conclusions. Graphic biographies in the classroom provide an intervention with proven success for the struggling reader.




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