There are five parts to the Text-Dependent Analysis Essay stack of microcredentials. In Part I, you’ll immmerse yourself into the language and thinking embedded in the TDA Essay. The skills you learn will support you in working with your students as they learn to analyze written text. You’ll even know what to do to help students who need additional support. Your evidence requirement is demonstrating that you can, indeed model the unpacking and thinking within prompts. There are two key components you’ll learn: how to figure out what the prompt is asking you to do and how to set up a response to the passage. This microcredential is Part I. To see how the microcredentials build, here is information about the other four micros.
In Part II, you’ll have practice writing responses to passage-based analysis prompts (TDA Essay) so you have the common experience with your students of what it is like to work through a prompt.
In Part III, you’ll design a version of the TDA rubric that is student-friendly – and one you’ll enjoy using. You’ll also think about anchor papers and put together a set for your class that goes along with your rubric.
In Part IV, you’ll learn to communicate the information in the rubric to students.
In Part V, you’ll learn to collect and use data from your own classroom rubric to improve student learning.
Following are the key learning targets for the entire stack of microcredentials.
- Define key words related to the text-dependent analysis essay including: TDA Essay, rubric, analyze, passage-based essay (Part I)
- Unpack a TDA Essay prompt. (Part I)
- Connect the prompt to a passage. (Part I)
- Write a response to the prompt. (Part II)
- Identify the key features on a TDA Essay rubric. (Part II)
- Turn the TDA Essay rubric into a rubric that can be used in the classroom as part of regular class instruction. (Part III)
- Use your classroom rubric to clarify with students, expectations for the text-dependent essay. (Part IV)
- Collect and use data from your classroom rubric to improve student learning. (Part V)
Learn and Earn
You can earn a microcredential badge for each part of the TDA Essay stack. Learners who take the course, complete and submit assignments, and score at a proficient level, will earn a microcredential badge.
The Microcredential Badge
Remember, if you want to earn a badge, you’ll want to complete and score proficient on the assignment. You’ll have the support you need to be successful. Your digital badge carries all of the information about the microcredential; the badge can be read by others to see the good things you accomplished in the microcredential. Years from now, you’ll still be able to see your assignment and how you performed! Some school districts offer stipends for earning microcredentials, some states allow recertification points, and some even provide an honorium for successfully completing the microcredential. Just be sure to check with your district to ensure you get the most out of earning a badge that you can.
Badge Requirements for Part I: Text-Dependent Analysis Essay
Following are the requirements for earning this badge.
- Study and review the information related to data about the Text-Dependent Analysis Essay. Answer the knowledge questions.