Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Correlations

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

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Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 4

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.4.2: Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Shipwrecked in Antarctica 16 to 18
Against All Odds 19 to 21
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Vitamins 76 to 78
Antibiotics 79 to 81
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.4.1: Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Shipwrecked in Antarctica 16 to 18
Against All Odds 19 to 21
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Vitamins 76 to 78
Antibiotics 79 to 81
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.4.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Shipwrecked in Antarctica 16 to 18
Against All Odds 19 to 21
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Vitamins 76 to 78
Antibiotics 79 to 81
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.4.5: Describe the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in a text or part of a text.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Shipwrecked in Antarctica 16 to 18
Against All Odds 19 to 21
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Vitamins 76 to 78
Antibiotics 79 to 81
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.4.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Shipwrecked in Antarctica 16 to 18
Against All Odds 19 to 21
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Vitamins 76 to 78
Antibiotics 79 to 81
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.4.6: Compare and contrast a firsthand and secondhand account of the same event or topic; describe the differences in focus and the information provided.

Passage Pages
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
Genes 73 to 75
Antibiotics 79 to 81
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.4.7: Interpret information presented visually, orally, or quantitatively (e.g., in charts, graphs, diagrams, time lines, animations, or interactive elements on Web pages) and explain how the information contributes to an understanding of the text in which it appears.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Vitamins 76 to 78
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.4.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Shipwrecked in Antarctica 16 to 18
Against All Odds 19 to 21
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Vitamins 76 to 78
Antibiotics 79 to 81
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.4.9: Integrate information from two texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

Passage Pages
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Antibiotics 79 to 81
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

ELA.RI.4.10: By the end of year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, in the grades 4–5 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Passage Pages
Determined to Go Home 10 to 12
Doomed Pioneers: The Donner Party 13 to 15
Shipwrecked in Antarctica 16 to 18
Against All Odds 19 to 21
“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem” 22 to 24
Head Downhill and Follow the Water 25 to 27
Adrift in the Pacific Ocean 28 to 30
Chicago: Gone in a Puff of Smoke 31 to 33
The Great White Hurricane 34 to 36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37 to 39
The Flu Pandemic of 1918 40 to 42
The World’s Worst Tornado 43 to 45
The Great Alaskan Earthquake of 1964 46 to 48
The Journey that Proved Earth Was Round 49 to 51
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52 to 54
The Klondike Gold Rush 55 to 57
The Race to the South Pole 58 to 60
A Risky Sea Journey 61 to 63
Conquering Mount Everest 64 to 66
Around the World in 71 Days 67 to 69
Anesthesia 70 to 72
Genes 73 to 75
Vitamins 76 to 78
Antibiotics 79 to 81
The Dead Sea Scrolls 82 to 84
Qin’s Terracotta Army 85 to 87
Egypt: One Nation on Two Continents 88 to 90
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91 to 93
Mexico, Land of Corn 94 to 96
The Netherlands: Land of Windmills, Bicycles, and Tulips 97 to 99
North Korea 100 to 102
Nunavut, Land of the Inuit 103 to 105

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