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1 Incorporating Textual Evidence in Your Writing The C.S.Q.T. Format

2 When should I use C.S.Q.T. format? Whenever the question prompt asks you to refer back to text, such as… “Use evidence from the text to support your answer.” “Use textual evidence to support your reasoning.” “Use specific examples from the text.” “Be specific.”

3 Sample Question Prompt In A Hole in My Life, Jack Gantos recounts his journey of “becoming a writer the hard way.” While not everyone desires to become a writer, Jack’s story is certainly easy for teenagers to relate to. What makes Jack’s story so easily accessible to teenagers? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

4 C = Claim It is the first portion of your response. This sentence reveals your answer to the question for your reader. OR: This sentence states the position your are going to support w/ evidence. It is one sentence in length.

5 Sample Question Response: Claim Jack Gantos writes a story that is easily accessible to teenagers because he details his own struggle between what he wants and what others expect.

6 S = Set-Up It is the second portion of your response. This sentence will explain the context of the quote you will use to support your claim by revealing three pieces of information: 1. the title of the text where the quote is taken from 2. the author of the text where the quote is taken from 3. the main idea of the text where the quote is taken from It is the second sentence of your response.

7 How to Punctuate Titles Titles are punctuated according to the length of the work. If a work is shorter in length, then it is set in “quotation marks.” Examples: short story, poem, essay, article, chapter, episode, commercial, song, etc. If a work is longer in length, then it is underlined (if writing) or italicized (if typing). Examples: novel, epic poem, anthology, movie, tv show, play, magazine, newspaper, cd album, etc.

8 Sample Question Response: Set-Up In Jack Gantos’s A Hole in My Life, Jack recounts his misguided journey in high school, which began during his senior year.

9 Q = Quote It is the third portion of your response. This sentence will introduce the quote with a speaker’s tag. The purpose of the quote is to support your claim. If you are quoting the written word, then write the following. Jack Gantos writes, “The prisoner in the photograph is me” (Gantos 1). If you are quoting the spoken word, then write the following. Jack Gantos said, “The prisoner in the photograph is me.” Depending on the quote you select, it may be more than one sentence.

10 Sample Question Response: Quote Jack writes, “My entire year was a grand balancing act between doing what I wanted and doing what I should.”

11 T = Tie-In It is the fourth portion of your response. These sentences will tie your quote in to your claim, so your reader will understand why you selected this quote in particular. This is where you analyze and explain your quote. You should have at least two sentences of analysis/explanation.

12 Sample Question Response: Tie-In As students transition throughout high school (and especially during their senior year), it becomes an ever- increasing struggle to balance work and play. Thus, Jack’s tale of youth and freedom falls on attentive ears of his adolescent audience.

13 Sample Question Prompt In A Hole in My Life, Jack Gantos recounts his journey of “becoming a writer the hard way.” While not everyone desires to become a writer, Jack’s story is certainly easy for teenagers to relate to. What makes Jack’s story so easily accessible to teenagers? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.

14 Sample C.S.Q.T. Question Response Jack Gantos writes a story that is easily accessible to teenagers because he details his own struggle between what he wants and what others expect. In Jack Gantos’s A Hole in My Life, Jack recounts his misguided journey in high school, which began during his senior year. Jack writes, “My entire year was a grand balancing act between doing what I wanted and doing what I should.” As students transition throughout high school (and especially during their senior year), it becomes an ever-increasing effort to balance work and play. Thus, Jack’s tale of youth and freedom falls on attentive ears of his adolescent audience.

15 Your Turn! Read the nonfiction article “Are Smartphones Too Smart?” and answer the question that follows in C.S.Q.T. format.

16 Next Step: Find a partner and trade CSQT responses. As you’re reading: Underline the claim in green Underline the set-up in red Underline the quote/evidence in blue Underline/highlight the tie-in in yellow

17 Homework Assignment: Using one of the four articles we have studied in class, describe a political event or document that accurately parallels the main themes of “Harrison Bergeron.” Use at least two details from a recent/historical document AND at least two pieces of textual evidence for support. Response must be at least 1.5 pages in length Due Monday, September 8 th

18 This Is Just To Say By William Carlos Williams I have eaten the plums that were in the icebox and which you were probably saving for breakfast Forgive me they were delicious so sweet and so cold What is the setting of this poem? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. C.S.Q.T.C.S.Q.T.

19 HOMEWORK DIRECTIONS: Select one of the following questions below. Use C.S.Q.T. to model your response. What quote describes a quality you wish to possess? OR What quote do you believe to be true? REMINDER: You will be sharing your response with the class tomorrow!

20 Sample Response MY QUOTE: “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” –Thomas Edison MY C.S.Q.T. RESPONSE: Too often, people do not take advantage of the opportunities in their daily lives. American inventor Thomas Edison addresses what he believes is the “problem” with opportunity. Edison wrote, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” In this quote, Edison identifies a major societal issue. People want to reap the rewards but do not want to put forth the required effort.


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