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Writing Framework LibGuide Grade 5: Text Dependent Analysis Essay

Grade Level Expectations

Read and track a given article.

Respond to the prompt using text based evidence to support the answer.


  • Produce complete sentences
  • Recognize and correct fragments and run-on sentences
  • Ensure subject-verb and pronoun-antecedent agreement
  • Correct capitalization and punctuation
  • Spell grade appropriate words correctly


  • Developing a five paragraph essay format
  • Using the given prompt, formulate a thesis statement
  • Establishing a main idea and supporting details
  • Use text-based evidence to support your response
  • Transitions
  • Organization

Teacher Resources

We Will Never Forget You, Roberto Clemente

Instructional Resources

Why we must run with scissors (Barry Lane)

Launching the Writing Workshop, Units of Study for 3-5 ( Lucy Calkins)

Writing Workshop: The Essential Guide (Fletcher and Portalupi)

Mentor Texts (L. Dorfman and R. Cappelli)

The No Nonsense Guide to Teaching Writing (Davis and Hill)