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 5

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.5.3: Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Passage Pages
The Female Moses 10-12
Nellie Bly, Investigative Reporter 13-15
Susan B. Anthony, Suffragist 16-18
Dr. Abel Wolman, Public Health Engineer 19-21
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
Nelson Mandela: A Man of Courage 25-27
Poisonous Animals 28-30
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony 34-36
Trash: It's Got to Go Somewhere 37-39
Alien Species Wreak Havoc 40-42
U.S. Anti-Slave Trade Actions 43-45
The U.S. Mint 46-48
Fit for a King: The Great Pyramid at Giza 49-51
The Great Wall of China 52-54
The Moai on Easter Island 55-57
A Monument to Love: The Taj Mahal 58-60
The Panama Canal 61-63
The Three Gorges Dam 64-66
Mount Tambora, A Violent Volcano 67-69
The Great Irish Famine 70-72
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 76-78
The Sinking of the Lusitania 79-81
The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina 82-84
The Unsung Heroes of Fort Mifflin 85-87
The Continental Army's Winter at Valley Forge 88-90
The Lewis and Clark Expedition 91-93
Explosion on the U.S.S. Maine 94-96
Assassinated! 97-99
The Justice Bell 100-102
The Japanese-American Internment Camps of World War II 103-105

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.5.1: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Passage Pages
The Female Moses 10-12
Nellie Bly, Investigative Reporter 13-15
Susan B. Anthony, Suffragist 16-18
Dr. Abel Wolman, Public Health Engineer 19-21
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
Nelson Mandela: A Man of Courage 25-27
Poisonous Animals 28-30
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony 34-36
Trash: It's Got to Go Somewhere 37-39
Alien Species Wreak Havoc 40-42
U.S. Anti-Slave Trade Actions 43-45
The U.S. Mint 46-48
Fit for a King: The Great Pyramid at Giza 49-51
The Great Wall of China 52-54
The Moai on Easter Island 55-57
A Monument to Love: The Taj Mahal 58-60
The Panama Canal 61-63
The Three Gorges Dam 64-66
Mount Tambora, A Violent Volcano 67-69
The Great Irish Famine 70-72
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 76-78
The Sinking of the Lusitania 79-81
The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina 82-84
The Unsung Heroes of Fort Mifflin 85-87
The Continental Army's Winter at Valley Forge 88-90
The Lewis and Clark Expedition 91-93
Explosion on the U.S.S. Maine 94-96
Assassinated! 97-99
The Justice Bell 100-102
The Japanese-American Internment Camps of World War II 103-105

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.5.2: Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Passage Pages
The Female Moses 10-12
Nellie Bly, Investigative Reporter 13-15
Susan B. Anthony, Suffragist 16-18
Dr. Abel Wolman, Public Health Engineer 19-21
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
Nelson Mandela: A Man of Courage 25-27
Poisonous Animals 28-30
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony 34-36
Trash: It's Got to Go Somewhere 37-39
Alien Species Wreak Havoc 40-42
U.S. Anti-Slave Trade Actions 43-45
The U.S. Mint 46-48
Fit for a King: The Great Pyramid at Giza 49-51
The Great Wall of China 52-54
The Moai on Easter Island 55-57
A Monument to Love: The Taj Mahal 58-60
The Panama Canal 61-63
The Three Gorges Dam 64-66
Mount Tambora, A Violent Volcano 67-69
The Great Irish Famine 70-72
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 76-78
The Sinking of the Lusitania 79-81
The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina 82-84
The Unsung Heroes of Fort Mifflin 85-87
The Continental Army's Winter at Valley Forge 88-90
The Lewis and Clark Expedition 91-93
Explosion on the U.S.S. Maine 94-96
Assassinated! 97-99
The Justice Bell 100-102
The Japanese-American Internment Camps of World War II 103-105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.5.4: Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

Passage Pages
The Female Moses 10-12
Nellie Bly, Investigative Reporter 13-15
Susan B. Anthony, Suffragist 16-18
Dr. Abel Wolman, Public Health Engineer 19-21
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
Nelson Mandela: A Man of Courage 25-27
Poisonous Animals 28-30
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony 34-36
Trash: It's Got to Go Somewhere 37-39
Alien Species Wreak Havoc 40-42
U.S. Anti-Slave Trade Actions 43-45
The U.S. Mint 46-48
Fit for a King: The Great Pyramid at Giza 49-51
The Great Wall of China 52-54
The Moai on Easter Island 55-57
A Monument to Love: The Taj Mahal 58-60
The Panama Canal 61-63
The Three Gorges Dam 64-66
Mount Tambora, A Violent Volcano 67-69
The Great Irish Famine 70-72
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 76-78
The Sinking of the Lusitania 79-81
The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina 82-84
The Unsung Heroes of Fort Mifflin 85-87
The Continental Army's Winter at Valley Forge 88-90
The Lewis and Clark Expedition 91-93
Explosion on the U.S.S. Maine 94-96
Assassinated! 97-99
The Justice Bell 100-102
The Japanese-American Internment Camps of World War II 103-105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.5.5: Compare and contrast the overall structure (e.g., chronology, comparison, cause/effect, problem/solution) of events, ideas, concepts, or information in two or more texts.

Passage Pages
The Female Moses 10-12
Susan B. Anthony, Suffragist 16-18
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
U.S. Anti-Slave Trade Actions 43-45
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina 82-84
The Justice Bell 100-102

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.5.6: Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.

Passage Pages
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
Nelson Mandela: A Man of Courage 25-27
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony 34-36
The Great Wall of China 52-54
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
Explosion on the U.S.S. Maine 94-96

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.5.8: Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s).

Passage Pages
The Female Moses 10-12
Nellie Bly, Investigative Reporter 13-15
Susan B. Anthony, Suffragist 16-18
Dr. Abel Wolman, Public Health Engineer 19-21
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
Nelson Mandela: A Man of Courage 25-27
Poisonous Animals 28-30
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony 34-36
Trash: It's Got to Go Somewhere 37-39
Alien Species Wreak Havoc 40-42
U.S. Anti-Slave Trade Actions 43-45
The U.S. Mint 46-48
Fit for a King: The Great Pyramid at Giza 49-51
The Great Wall of China 52-54
The Moai on Easter Island 55-57
A Monument to Love: The Taj Mahal 58-60
The Panama Canal 61-63
The Three Gorges Dam 64-66
Mount Tambora, A Violent Volcano 67-69
The Great Irish Famine 70-72
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 76-78
The Sinking of the Lusitania 79-81
The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina 82-84
The Unsung Heroes of Fort Mifflin 85-87
The Continental Army's Winter at Valley Forge 88-90
The Lewis and Clark Expedition 91-93
Explosion on the U.S.S. Maine 94-96
Assassinated! 97-99
The Justice Bell 100-102
The Japanese-American Internment Camps of World War II 103-105

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

ELA.RI.5.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Passage Pages
The Female Moses 10-12
Nellie Bly, Investigative Reporter 13-15
Susan B. Anthony, Suffragist 16-18
Dr. Abel Wolman, Public Health Engineer 19-21
The Heroism of Chiune Sugihara 22-24
Nelson Mandela: A Man of Courage 25-27
Poisonous Animals 28-30
The Story of Exodus 1947 31-33
Roanoke Island’s Lost Colony 34-36
Trash: It's Got to Go Somewhere 37-39
Alien Species Wreak Havoc 40-42
U.S. Anti-Slave Trade Actions 43-45
The U.S. Mint 46-48
Fit for a King: The Great Pyramid at Giza 49-51
The Great Wall of China 52-54
The Moai on Easter Island 55-57
A Monument to Love: The Taj Mahal 58-60
The Panama Canal 61-63
The Three Gorges Dam 64-66
Mount Tambora, A Violent Volcano 67-69
The Great Irish Famine 70-72
Washed Away in the Johnstown Flood 73-75
The Great San Francisco Earthquake and Fire 76-78
The Sinking of the Lusitania 79-81
The Wrath of Hurricane Katrina 82-84
The Unsung Heroes of Fort Mifflin 85-87
The Continental Army's Winter at Valley Forge 88-90
The Lewis and Clark Expedition 91-93
Explosion on the U.S.S. Maine 94-96
Assassinated! 97-99
The Justice Bell 100-102
The Japanese-American Internment Camps of World War II 103-105

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