"Text evidence is any evidence from a fiction or nonfiction text that can be used to support ideas, arguments, opinions, and thoughts. When we cite textual evidence, we paraphrase, quote, or refer to the specific part of the text that we are using to back up or support our thoughts and idea."
Pele is the greatest soccer play of all time. That's quite a claim to make. In order to be persuasive, I need to support that statement with evidence: In 2000, FIFA named him the Player of the Century; he's been called O Rei do Futebol; he is "the only player to lay hands on the FIFA World Cup three times"; he has scored more than 1,200 goals (source).
This is sufficient evidence to support my claim which is also why it's called supporting evidence and textual support.
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When students write short answers in response to a question, they have to explain how they got that answer. They know the answer because of something they read and that something is their supporting evidence.
So they read a passage and then get asked the question, "How does so-and-so feel?"
The student knows the answer is "sad" because of what he read. All he has to do now is write an answer that says so-and-so was sad and tell why he knows that.
When your teacher (me) says, "I want to see something in quotes," it is because we, currently, aren't sure how the AI is going to grade your standardized tests. It may be looking for specific words. Unfortunately, what I've been seeing is the quoting of interesting information, yes, but not information that supports the answer.