Citing evidence is an important skills for fourth graders to master. One good way to start is to ask text-based questions which require them to use details from the texts to answer. If you've never visited the Literacy Design Collaborative, you could start there. They have a number of template tasks where there are specific questions you can ask students which require them to return to the text to find evidence. http://www.ldc.org/
Once they realize they need the words in the text to answer the question, you can help them to highlight only the most appropriate evidence. Also, you can check out a number of Common Core lesson sharing sites to find a full unit.
http://commoncore.americaachieves.org/ Register as a new user and you can view videos of master teachers teaching the Core, download editable lesson plans that are Common Core aligned, and view lists of reputable web sites that will help you align your practice to the Core.
http://www.sharemylesson.com/ There are close to 300,000 lessons on this site, and many are exemplar lessons for the Common Core.
http://udlexchange.cast.org/home This site has hundreds of lessons that are both Common Core aligned and designed using the principles of Universal Design for Learning, which allows all students to access rigorous curriculum.
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Use printed (paper) copies of text. Have the students underline where they found information to specific questions. Then have them answer, in writing, a bigger question which incorporates those questions.
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