Depth of Knowledge Guiding Questions

Grade Levels
K - 12th, Homeschool
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Dr. Norman Webb developed a process and criteria for analyzing the alignment between standards and standardized assessments. Through this process, a body of work titled Depth of Knowledge (DOK) was offered. This model analyzes the cognitive expectation demanded by standards, activities, and assessment tasks. Webb grouped tasks to reflect a different level of cognitive expectation or DOK. He introduced four levels of DOK:
1. Recall
2. Skills and Concepts
3. Strategic Thinking
4. Extended Thinking

Webb also came up with different activities, questions, and resources to help teachers and students reach different depths of knowledge.

This download encompasses Webb's guiding questions for DOK in an easy to use format. Each level is accompanied by several questions. All you have to do is print the document on card stock, laminate for durability, cut, and group together. After you have assembled your cards, you'll have easy access to Webb's DOK and guiding questions to use during your lessons. You can group your cards with a ring, ribbon, or brad. Place in a good spot so you can grab the cards while you're teaching. Ask your students the guiding questions and help them think critically. You can even print more copies and distribute to your students when they're working collaboratively or even independently. The possibilities are endless!

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