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DOK Question Stems

K20 Center | Published: September 16th, 2020 by K20 Center


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DOK Question Stems

This depth-of-knowledge (DOK) strategy allows students to use a variety of question stems that vary from recall and recognition to extended thinking and have been developed and aligned to the Revised Bloom’s Taxonomy.

DOK Question Stems


Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Question Stems allows participants to intentionally create questions that progress from recall and recognition to critical and strategic thinking.


  1. Students read a piece of text.

  2. Pass out Webb's question stem sheet. This can be found online by searching for DOK stems or Webb's question stems.

  3. Students create at least one or two questions each from levels one, two, and three of the question stems.

  4. When they have finished creating questions, divide the class in half.

  5. The two groups take turns quizzing each other with the questions they created.

Webb, N. (2002). Depth-of-knowledge levels for four content areas. Retrieved from