Textual Evidence Textual Evidence is another way of saying “evidence from the text.” In other words, you use quotes from the text you’re reading in order to prove what your response is to it. Remember, quotes doesn’t mean dialogue. You can use any part of the text as quotes in your own writing . . . not just the parts that are already in quotation marks. Textual Evidence On the first page of “Seventh Grade” I learn Victor is Latino or Mexican descent. Even though Gary Soto never actually wrote that Victor was, here are some pieces of textual evidence that would lead me to infer (guess) that about him: • “He already spoke Spanish and English…” (32). • “There were rivers in France, and huge churches, and fair-skinned people everywhere, the way there were brown people all around Victor” (32). We would call those two pieces of text “textual evidence” because they are EVIDENCE from the TEXT that PROVES my response. Textual Evidence – Prove it Three-Part Response Format When you’re asked a question you should always use the three-part response format to answer it. ● Answer - is where you give the correct answer to the questions ● textual evidence - the explanation is providing the evidence from the text to back up your answer using quotes and paraphrasing ● parenthetical citations means giving credit in parentheses (write line numbers). Textual Evidence 1. Why does Victor hope that Teresa is in the same class he is? Sentence Starter: Victor hopes Teresa is in the same class he is because ______. I know this because the text states ______. I found this on line ________. Textual Evidence Victor hopes that Teresa is going to be in the same class this year because he likes her. I know this because he says “Teresa is going to be my girl this year, he promised himself as he left the gym full of students in their new fall clothes. She was cute” (32). Textual Evidence Whenever you pull information from a text and write it down somewhere else, do two things to avoid PLAGIARISM: 1. Properly punctuate it with quotation marks. “ “ 2. After the closing quotation mark but BEFORE the end punctuation, you must include its page number in parentheses.