Common Core State Standards (CCSS) Correlations

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

Document-Based Questions for Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking

English Language Arts

Strand - Reading Standards: Informational Text, Grade 4

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

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

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

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

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

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 31-33
The Great White Hurricane 34-36
The Triangle Shirtwaist Tragedy 37-39
Wild Ride Down the Colorado River 52-54
The Race to the South Pole 58-60
Genes 73-75
Antibiotics 79-81
Liberia, Named for Freedom 91-93

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

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

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

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

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