Depth   Of   Knowledge Levels

  • DOK 1:  Recall–Remember their developmental level
  • DOK 2:  Multiple steps, one answer, cognitive decision
  • DOK 3:  Justify, some collaboration, abstract, real world, interdisciplinary, more than one answer, multiple approaches
  • DOK 4:
  • Performance tasksare Key in the higher order DOK 3-4
  • DOK 4 is “real worldapplication”  (application is a skill)
  • The nature of a DOK 4 activity calls for a PBL  -project based learning
  • Take more time
  • Rubric
  • Productis important and different
  • Teacher is facilitator…roles change as the student does the work
  • Collaboration
  • Students make decisions
  • Students do research
  • Challengethe kids
  • Problem solving
  • Higher order thinking –HOT
  • Discovery & Inquiry
  • Student does the workand they discovery through inquiry
  • Cross disciplines
  • Greater student autonomy…not cookie cutter
  • They are not led, as they come to their own conclusions.


Curve ball….. Throw on a “what if”, make it real world, this changes directions in thought…This is big, as it shifts the PBL to make them


Do not confine a student’s way to show mastery



  • Analyze
  • Infer
  • Compare & Contrast
  • Justify
  • Evaluate
  • Create
  • Synthesize
  • Summarize

DOK Resources


arts DOK

math sci dok

read write DOK




Webbs Depth of Knowledge Guide


SoE Mtng PwrPt 10.19.12 (Finco)

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