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 6

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.1: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Passage Pages
Without Warning: The Destruction of Pompeii 10 to 12
The Black Death 13 to 15
Look Out Below! Here Comes the Snow 16 to 18
Horror in Halifax 19 to 21
The Hindenburg Tragedy 22 to 24
Space Shuttle Disasters 25 to 27
Waves that Shook the Planet: The 2004 Tsunami 28 to 30
Prison Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary 31 to 33
Civil War Battleship Crews: The First Integrated U.S. Armed Forces 34 to 36
The Birth of Radio: The “Wireless” 37 to 39
Henry Ford's Assembly Line 40 to 42
Charles Lindbergh and the First Transatlantic Flight 43 to 45
A Giant Leap for Mankind 46 to 48
Executed for Espionage 49 to 51
Mascots in the Military 52 to 54
Destroying Ecosystems 55 to 57
The U.S. Coast Guard 58 to 60
The Man Who Slept Through His Own Presidency 61 to 63
Scream Machines: The History of Roller Coasters 64 to 66
Dorothea Dix, Champion for the Mentally Ill 67 to 69
Thomas Edison, the Wizard of Menlo Park 70 to 72
Mohandas Gandhi: A Man of Peaceful Action 73 to 75
Amazing Courage: Irena Sendler’s Silence 76 to 78
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice 79 to 81
Mother Teresa: Greatest Humanitarian of the Twentieth Century 82 to 84
At a Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Afghanistan 85 to 87
Antarctica: A Hidden Land 88 to 90
The Land Down Under: Australia 91 to 93
Bulgaria: A Balkan Nation 94 to 96
The Cradle of Civilization: Iraq 97 to 99
Jamaica, Jewel in the Caribbean Sea 100 to 102
Swaziland, Land of a Single Culture 103 to 105

Key Ideas and Details

ELA.RI.6.2: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

Passage Pages
Without Warning: The Destruction of Pompeii 10 to 12
The Black Death 13 to 15
Look Out Below! Here Comes the Snow 16 to 18
Horror in Halifax 19 to 21
The Hindenburg Tragedy 22 to 24
Space Shuttle Disasters 25 to 27
Waves that Shook the Planet: The 2004 Tsunami 28 to 30
Prison Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary 31 to 33
Civil War Battleship Crews: The First Integrated U.S. Armed Forces 34 to 36
The Birth of Radio: The “Wireless” 37 to 39
Henry Ford's Assembly Line 40 to 42
Charles Lindbergh and the First Transatlantic Flight 43 to 45
A Giant Leap for Mankind 46 to 48
Executed for Espionage 49 to 51
Mascots in the Military 52 to 54
Destroying Ecosystems 55 to 57
The U.S. Coast Guard 58 to 60
The Man Who Slept Through His Own Presidency 61 to 63
Scream Machines: The History of Roller Coasters 64 to 66
Dorothea Dix, Champion for the Mentally Ill 67 to 69
Thomas Edison, the Wizard of Menlo Park 70 to 72
Mohandas Gandhi: A Man of Peaceful Action 73 to 75
Amazing Courage: Irena Sendler’s Silence 76 to 78
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice 79 to 81
Mother Teresa: Greatest Humanitarian of the Twentieth Century 82 to 84
At a Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Afghanistan 85 to 87
Antarctica: A Hidden Land 88 to 90
The Land Down Under: Australia 91 to 93
Bulgaria: A Balkan Nation 94 to 96
The Cradle of Civilization: Iraq 97 to 99
Jamaica, Jewel in the Caribbean Sea 100 to 102
Swaziland, Land of a Single Culture 103 to 105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.4: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings.

Passage Pages
Without Warning: The Destruction of Pompeii 10 to 12
The Black Death 13 to 15
Look Out Below! Here Comes the Snow 16 to 18
Horror in Halifax 19 to 21
The Hindenburg Tragedy 22 to 24
Space Shuttle Disasters 25 to 27
Waves that Shook the Planet: The 2004 Tsunami 28 to 30
Prison Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary 31 to 33
Civil War Battleship Crews: The First Integrated U.S. Armed Forces 34 to 36
The Birth of Radio: The “Wireless” 37 to 39
Henry Ford's Assembly Line 40 to 42
Charles Lindbergh and the First Transatlantic Flight 43 to 45
A Giant Leap for Mankind 46 to 48
Executed for Espionage 49 to 51
Mascots in the Military 52 to 54
Destroying Ecosystems 55 to 57
The U.S. Coast Guard 58 to 60
The Man Who Slept Through His Own Presidency 61 to 63
Scream Machines: The History of Roller Coasters 64 to 66
Dorothea Dix, Champion for the Mentally Ill 67 to 69
Thomas Edison, the Wizard of Menlo Park 70 to 72
Mohandas Gandhi: A Man of Peaceful Action 73 to 75
Amazing Courage: Irena Sendler’s Silence 76 to 78
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice 79 to 81
Mother Teresa: Greatest Humanitarian of the Twentieth Century 82 to 84
At a Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Afghanistan 85 to 87
Antarctica: A Hidden Land 88 to 90
The Land Down Under: Australia 91 to 93
Bulgaria: A Balkan Nation 94 to 96
The Cradle of Civilization: Iraq 97 to 99
Jamaica, Jewel in the Caribbean Sea 100 to 102
Swaziland, Land of a Single Culture 103 to 105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.5: Analyze how a particular sentence, paragraph, chapter, or section fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the ideas.

Passage Pages
Without Warning: The Destruction of Pompeii 10 to 12
The Black Death 13 to 15
Look Out Below! Here Comes the Snow 16 to 18
Horror in Halifax 19 to 21
The Hindenburg Tragedy 22 to 24
Space Shuttle Disasters 25 to 27
Waves that Shook the Planet: The 2004 Tsunami 28 to 30
Prison Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary 31 to 33
Civil War Battleship Crews: The First Integrated U.S. Armed Forces 34 to 36
The Birth of Radio: The “Wireless” 37 to 39
Henry Ford's Assembly Line 40 to 42
Charles Lindbergh and the First Transatlantic Flight 43 to 45
A Giant Leap for Mankind 46 to 48
Executed for Espionage 49 to 51
Mascots in the Military 52 to 54
Destroying Ecosystems 55 to 57
The U.S. Coast Guard 58 to 60
The Man Who Slept Through His Own Presidency 61 to 63
Scream Machines: The History of Roller Coasters 64 to 66
Dorothea Dix, Champion for the Mentally Ill 67 to 69
Thomas Edison, the Wizard of Menlo Park 70 to 72
Mohandas Gandhi: A Man of Peaceful Action 73 to 75
Amazing Courage: Irena Sendler’s Silence 76 to 78
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice 79 to 81
Mother Teresa: Greatest Humanitarian of the Twentieth Century 82 to 84
At a Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Afghanistan 85 to 87
Antarctica: A Hidden Land 88 to 90
The Land Down Under: Australia 91 to 93
Bulgaria: A Balkan Nation 94 to 96
The Cradle of Civilization: Iraq 97 to 99
Jamaica, Jewel in the Caribbean Sea 100 to 102
Swaziland, Land of a Single Culture 103 to 105

Craft and Structure

ELA.RI.6.6: Determine an author's point of view or purpose in a text and explain how it is conveyed in the text.

Passage Pages
Prison Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary 31 to 33
A Giant Leap for Mankind 46 to 48
Executed for Espionage 49 to 51
Destroying Ecosystems 55 to 57
Dorothea Dix, Champion for the Mentally Ill 67 to 69
Mohandas Gandhi: A Man of Peaceful Action 73 to 75
Amazing Courage: Irena Sendler’s Silence 76 to 78
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice 79 to 81
Mother Teresa: Greatest Humanitarian of the Twentieth Century 82 to 84
At a Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Afghanistan 85 to 87
The Land Down Under: Australia 91 to 93
Bulgaria: A Balkan Nation 94 to 96
Jamaica, Jewel in the Caribbean Sea 100 to 102
Swaziland, Land of a Single Culture 103 to 105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.6.7: Integrate information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words to develop a coherent understanding of a topic or issue.

Passage Pages
Without Warning: The Destruction of Pompeii 10 to 12
Waves that Shook the Planet: The 2004 Tsunami 28 to 30
Mascots in the Military 52 to 54
At a Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Afghanistan 85 to 87
The Land Down Under: Australia 91 to 93
The Cradle of Civilization: Iraq 97 to 99
Jamaica, Jewel in the Caribbean Sea 100 to 102
Swaziland, Land of a Single Culture 103 to 105

Integration of Knowledge and Ideas

ELA.RI.6.9: Compare and contrast one author's presentation of events with that of another (e.g., a memoir written by and a biography on the same person).

Passage Pages
The Black Death 13 to 15
Look Out Below! Here Comes the Snow 16 to 18
Horror in Halifax 19 to 21
The Hindenburg Tragedy 22 to 24
Prison Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary 31 to 33
Civil War Battleship Crews: The First Integrated U.S. Armed Forces 34 to 36
A Giant Leap for Mankind 46 to 48
Dorothea Dix, Champion for the Mentally Ill 67 to 69
Mohandas Gandhi: A Man of Peaceful Action 73 to 75
Amazing Courage: Irena Sendler’s Silence 76 to 78
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice 79 to 81
Mother Teresa: Greatest Humanitarian of the Twentieth Century 82 to 84
Antarctica: A Hidden Land 88 to 90
Bulgaria: A Balkan Nation 94 to 96

Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity

ELA.RI.6.10: By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6-8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.

Passage Pages
Without Warning: The Destruction of Pompeii 10 to 12
The Black Death 13 to 15
Look Out Below! Here Comes the Snow 16 to 18
Horror in Halifax 19 to 21
The Hindenburg Tragedy 22 to 24
Space Shuttle Disasters 25 to 27
Waves that Shook the Planet: The 2004 Tsunami 28 to 30
Prison Reform at Eastern State Penitentiary 31 to 33
Civil War Battleship Crews: The First Integrated U.S. Armed Forces 34 to 36
The Birth of Radio: The “Wireless” 37 to 39
Henry Ford's Assembly Line 40 to 42
Charles Lindbergh and the First Transatlantic Flight 43 to 45
A Giant Leap for Mankind 46 to 48
Executed for Espionage 49 to 51
Mascots in the Military 52 to 54
Destroying Ecosystems 55 to 57
The U.S. Coast Guard 58 to 60
The Man Who Slept Through His Own Presidency 61 to 63
Scream Machines: The History of Roller Coasters 64 to 66
Dorothea Dix, Champion for the Mentally Ill 67 to 69
Thomas Edison, the Wizard of Menlo Park 70 to 72
Mohandas Gandhi: A Man of Peaceful Action 73 to 75
Amazing Courage: Irena Sendler’s Silence 76 to 78
Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice 79 to 81
Mother Teresa: Greatest Humanitarian of the Twentieth Century 82 to 84
At a Crossroads and in the Crosshairs: Afghanistan 85 to 87
Antarctica: A Hidden Land 88 to 90
The Land Down Under: Australia 91 to 93
Bulgaria: A Balkan Nation 94 to 96
The Cradle of Civilization: Iraq 97 to 99
Jamaica, Jewel in the Caribbean Sea 100 to 102
Swaziland, Land of a Single Culture 103 to 105

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