Text Evidence

Basically, text evidence is bits of information in texts that are generally backing up the text’ main point or points throughout the story.

So here, I would like to write up a few main points about text evidence.

Well, I guess that it’s supporting this. The things it’s supporting are now the main point (or points) throughout the story.

Mini-test: Text Evidence


Read the passage carefully. Then answer the questions that follow.

[1] In the depths of the Arctic Ocean, buried deep in the sediment, an ancient creature waited for over a million years to be discovered. [2] Paul Valentich-Scott, from the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History (California), and three scientists from the United States Geological Survey (USGS, Menlo Park, California), Charles L. Powell, Brian D. Edwards, and Thomas D. Lorenson were up to the challenge. [3] Each with different expertise, they were able to collect, analyze, and identify a new genus and new species of bivalve mollusk.

[4] The path to discovery is seldom simple or easy. [5] This discovery is no exception. [6] Brian Edwards was the chief scientist on a joint US-Canadian icebreaker expedition aboard the US Coast Guard Cutter Healy in the summer of 2010. [7] The primary purpose of the expedition was to map the Arctic seafloor and the sediments beneath. [8] Dr. Edwards took deep sediment core samples to further understand the geology of the region including the unusual seafloor mound where these samples were collected. [9] In several of these cores he uncovered bivalve seashells buried nearly 15 feet (4.5 m) below the seafloor surface.

[10] When examining these ancient shell specimens, Valentich-Scott was fairly certain that they were new to science. [11] The hunt to validate the potential new species was on. [12] Paul contacted a number of thyasirid bivalve specialists around the world and all gave it a ‘thumbs up’ as a new species.

Which sentences provide descriptive support for the text?


Where can you find factual support in the text?



The transcript is provided for your convenience

Whenever authors make a claim on something, it’s key that they’re having text evidence, since if they’d just be making a claim, it would not be very credible. So, they will add evidence to the text to back up their claim.

They may give a statistic, or say something else for backing up their main point or main points in the story.

Text evidence will also help the readers to come to a conclusion, or it may lead the reader to a conclusion throughout a story.

It is important that text evidence has three things: it must be precise, descriptive, and also factual.

Do you remember that I said that text evidence is supporting the main point, or main points, in the story? Now generally, the main point or main points in a piece of writing will be very general. Usually, They’ll not be very specific. And because these things are so general, it is very important that the author adds some specifics in the piece and that’s exactly why the provided text evidence must be precise. By doing that, your paper, or the writer’s paper, won’t be vague.

It is important that the text evidence will be descriptive because, once again, usually the main point or the main points are vague. It is very important to include something that’s very descriptive.

It is also important that the elements in text evidence are factual. Since your text evidence is meant to back up or support the main point or main points, it is essential that the facts, or this text evidence elements, are factual so they will actually back up the main point in a story in a credible way.



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