I have written comprehension questions with varying DOKs for each chapter of the novel Who was Christopher Columbus by Bonnie Bader. These questions are constructed response, not multiple choice. Students are asked to quote from the story, find evidence from the text, create a thinking map, and draw inferences. An answer key is also provided.
Grade 3 standards:
RI1. Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.
RI3. Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
RI4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area. (See grade 3 Language standards 4–6 for additional expectations.) CA
RI7. Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).
RI 8. Describe the logical connection between particular sentences and paragraphs in a text (e.g., comparison, cause/effect, first/second/ third in a sequence).
Grade 4 Standards
RI1. Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
RI3. 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.
RI4. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area. (See grade 4 Language standards 4–6 for additional expectations.) CA
RI 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.
RI7. 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.
RI 8. Explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text.