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Be Smart About Your Health
Question Answer This selection tells mostly about why you have to be smart about your health Read this excerpt. It is the first paragraph of this selection. What is the purpose of this paragraph? to list ideas about health that may not be correct. According to the selection, how does a person get a cold? from another person What does this picture have to do with the selection? You can pick up germs from a doorknob if someone sick touches it first. Washing hands is the best way to stay healthy probably because soap and water kill germs before they can spread According to the selection, you may get very tired after eating a special meal because you ate too much food The text states that it is okay to go swimming after you eat. But what might happen? You will swim more slowly The selection states that the time of day a person eats does not matter. What does matter? what kind of food a person eats This excerpt states that when it comes to being in good health, people have many ideas amount what is good or bad for your body The author of this selection says that “breakfast is important” because it does which two things? – It gives your mind the energy it needs to think – It gives your body the energy it needs to get going
How the Spider Came to Be
Question Answer This story is a myth. Often, a myth may teach a lesson. The main lesson in this story is… Too much pride can be a bad thing. According to the story, Arachne was… A young woman. The great weaver in the story is a goddess. Why is this important to know? A goddess can do things that a human cannot. From what you have read, which of these sentences is true? Arachne did not have a teacher. In this part of the text, what does “move Arachne’s hand” mean? To help Arachne weave. Which lines from the text give the idea that Arachne might have some trouble? The goddess might be angry if she heard. But Arachne would not change her. What was most strange about the goddess when she first came to visit Arachne? The goddess looked like an old woman. Who said, ‘Come, you fool of a girl!’? The goddess. When the goddess made the spiders, she made them quiet. She did not want them to speak. Why? It was Arachne’s proud words that made the goddess mad in the first place. In science, a spider is called an ‘arachnid.’ This comes from the word ‘Arachne.’ This gives the idea… some names from long ago are still used today.
Give Me A Sign!
Question Answer This story is mainly about. A special kind of language. What was Thomas’s job at the time he met Alice Cogswell? Minister. The name of the item in this picture is important to the story because it was the very first word that… Alice learned. In this excerpt, what does the word ‘read’, mean: To watch how the mouth moved when a person was speaking. What was the main difference between the deaf school in England & the one in France? The school in France had a system that used hand signs. How do these two excerpts from the story work together? They both show how sign language can be used to make a word. Reread this part of the text. What does ‘finger-spoiled’ mean? Used your fingers to sign each.
Ready, Set, Pull!
Question Answer The main point of this story is… To show how a popular game came to be. From what you have read, you can tell that tug of war… Was once played by holding hands. The author says the tug of war was “once the game of kings” This means the game was used… By rulers who wanted to keep their soldiers strong. In ancient Greece, the tug of war was. A popular game. Reread these excerpts about the tug of war in ancient China. How do they work together? They show how the tug of war was part of both a story & real life. Reread this excerpt. A stone picture of the game was put in a temple probably because… The game of tug of war had a special meaning. Based on the text, ‘Man of War’ was another name for a… Ship in the navy. The men on the ships sometimes made a game with the ropes. Why? When the ship was not moving, the men had little to do The men who pulled the ropes to make a ship move fast or slow were most likely very strong. Based on the text, which sentence is true? The tug-of-war game we play today is from the 1800s.
Question Answer The text is mostly about… what cars may be like in the near future. Reread the beginning of the text. Why does the author mention Henry Ford’s Model T car? To show how people have liked cars for a very long time. The text states that a car is really like “a computer with wheels”. What does this mean? A car can do many things that make human lives better. Reread this excerpt from the text. This gives the idea that many new things in cars today… Were once just ideas from stories. The text states that a car that could “talk” to another would help bring the number of crashes down. How? The car would stop or slow down if another car got too close. The text states that a car that can drive itself may not be too far off. Which sentence from the text supports this? We already have cars that can. What change might be made to a car’s front windshield to help a person drive? A windshield may have special boxes that pop up in it to warn drivers of danger. Car makers have an idea about changing the body of a car. The body of the car would be able to store energy Reread this excerpt from the text. A person who wants to work on cars will most likely need to be trained in computers and science. Based on what you read, what will car makers most likely do? They will keep on changing cars to make them better for humans.
A Night At Show This story is mostly about Answer:
doing the right thing. According to the story, Trevor and Luke work in Mr. Ladd’s
hardware store. Which is true about Trevor and Luke? Answer:
They both are friends with Christine. Trevor wanted to go to hear the band “The Others” because
he had heard the show was a good one. According to the story, Luke doesn’t think Trevor will get the time off because
it is too late to ask and the store is busy. In this part of the story, what does the saying “come down with something” mean? Answer:
get sick. From the way Luke talks to Trevor, you can tell that
Luke wants Trevor to do the right thing. When Trevor went to the show, what did he lose? Answer:
his voice. The one thing Trevor did not think about was that
Steve might be at the show. In this story, a young man is caught telling a lie. Why do you think the author wrote this story? Answer:
to teach a lesson about doing the right thing.
Is It Art?
Question Answer This story is mostly about whether or not graffiti is an art form. The story begins this way to give the idea that the old, empty building is colorful The word “graffiti” comes from an old word that means to write The text says that, long ago, graffiti was a way to tell about things that happened. When did large and colorful graffiti start to happen? in the 1960s and 70s In this part of the story, what does the word “tag” mean? a name that shows someone has been to a certain place The people who think that graffiti is art probably do not mind seeing the colorful marks on buildings. Which of the following is not true? Graffiti can be removed easily and cheaply. The people who “do not say” whether the graffiti is art or not probably are still trying to figure that out for themselves. What is the author’s purpose for writing this story? to get you to think about graffiti in a different way.
Alex’s Lemonade Stand
Question Answer From what you have read, what is the main idea of this story? One person can make a big change. When Alex had her idea to help other sick children, the first person she told was her mother. In this part of the story, why are the words “help other kids, as they helped me” in quotes? These are words that Alex really said. According to the story, how do you know that Alex’s family believed in her lemonade stand idea? They helped set up her stand and told other people about it. Each summer, more and more people came to Alex’s lemonade stand most likely because they had learned about her idea and wanted to help. Even though Alex was still very sick, she was able to raise a million dollars because she asked other children to set up their own lemonade stands. From what you have read, you can tell that Alex was the kind of person who cared about other people. The group “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” is still working very hard today. Which fact supports this? The group has made millions of dollars. If Alex had not had her lemonade stand idea, it is very likely that not as many sick children would have been helped. At the end of the text, the author uses the words “one cup at a time” to show that a small thing can lead to a big change.
The Red Room
Question Answer This story is mainly about a strange room in an inn and what happens to a young man who spends the night. What does this part of the text tell you about the young man telling the story? He is sure of himself. The author wants you to think that no one has been in the Red Room for a long time. Which detail about the room best gives this idea? the dusty candles The young man falls asleep. Once he wakes up, what is most odd about the candles? They will not stay lit. To “swallow” is to take something in completely so that it is gone from sight. The author uses this idea in these two parts of the text. What is the most likely reason for this? to make the room seem like a living thing What does this image have to do with the text? The young man is hurt when he falls into a chair shaped like a lion. Many classic gothic tales use light or darkness to mean something. What does darkness mean in this tale? Something bad will happen. The young man says the Red Room is haunted by fear Based on this part of the story, the Red Room scares people mostly because they let their fear of it take over their common sense. Based on what you read, what is the author trying to say about fear? Fear is only as powerful as people let it be.
IDK The Name
Question Answer This story is mostly about some forms of travel that are odd or not common. According to the story, travel is very common. Who rode in the first hot air balloon ride? a group of animals From what you have read, as people got used to hot air balloons, they were less afraid to take long trips in a balloon. In this part of the story, what does the phrase “But they made it” mean? The men finished the trip even though it was dangerous. Why are cars usually not used in areas such as the South Pole? It is too cold and icy for cars to work correctly and safely. How do these two parts of the text work together? They show how people may ride different kinds of animals. From what you have read, traveling by elephant can be a good choice if a very heavy load needs to be moved. The story says that a bike trip across the country can be more than 4,000 miles. Based on the text, which of the following is true? Camels can walk on land that is hot.
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