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Statues On Easter Island

This story is about the large statues on Easter Island andhow they may have been moved into place.
What is one reason why the statues are called the “heads” of Easter Island?The heads are much larger than the rest of the bodies.
Where did scientists get the idea that the statues may have been moved in a standing position?from traditional stories
“Moai” is another name forthe stone figures.
Scientists agree the moai were carved between the 1200s and the 1500s. How do they know this?The statues were already there when European explorers arrived in the 1700s.
Based on this excerpt, how did the statues with the eyes most likely look?alive
Based on the text, what happened last?The statues were moved back into place using an old method of sleds and logs.
What does the shape of this capital letter have to do with the moai?It looks like the shape of a moai’s base.
How do these two excerpts from the text work together?They both give theories on how the stone figures may have been moved.
Based on this excerpt, you can tell that the people who live on Rapa Nuiare very protective of the statues.

Her Last Trip

This story is about the relationship between a young woman and her grandmother, andhow hard it is when a loved one’s mind begins to grow weak.
According to the story, Addie May’s grandmother graduated from college with a degree inbiology
This part of the text gives the idea that Addie Mayliked exploration and adventure as much as her grandmother did.
In this part of the text, what is the change in the Addie May’s mood?from unwilling to thankful
When Nana was doing the story about penguins, she and Addie May traveled toAntarctica.
Why was it “unbelievable” that Addie May and Nana saw penguins when they were still on the research ship?The penguins were very far away from land.
When Addie May states that she had spent too much time “looking down,” it means that she had beenvery sad.
From what you have read, what is shown in this picture?Sandhill cranes rising in flight
When it became clear that Nana may not live for much longer, Addie May wanted to do something special for her becauseshe wanted to help Nana the way Nana had helped her.
Stories like this one are written to make you think aboutwhat is really important in your life.

A Quiet Hero

This story is mainly about Rafael Cordero andhis career as a teacher devoted to helping others.
What is the author’s opinion of heroes in the movies?They aren’t the real heroes of the world.
What was San Juan like when Rafael was born?It was a place where slavery was still an accepted part of life.
In this part of the story, what does the author mean when she says, “Imagine how they must have felt”?The poor people must have had a feeling of hopelessness.
What made Rafael decide to open a school for boys?He believed education was the only hope for them, and for his country.
In this part of the story, what is the meaning of “He taught them from his head and from his heart?”He shared his knowledge as well as his feelings.
Why did Rafael work making cigars when he already had a job as a teacher?He didn’t get paid for teaching, and he needed money to live.
What was the most important way in which Rafael taught his students?by setting a good example for them
The author says that Rafael was a humble man. What evidence in the story supports this?He never wrote anything about himself.
In this part of the story, what is the meaning of Rafael’s quote about the tree?He is comparing his students to trees that can be made into something beautiful and good.

The Wound Dresser

This story is mainly about a famous writer whospent years bringing comfort to those who often had none.
How did Walt first come to be in an army hospital?e heard his brother had been wounded in a battle and rushed to be with him.
What is the most likely reason that Walt wrote about his experiences in the army hospitals?To tell about a side of war that most people at that time did not see.
The root of the word “callous” comes from an old word that means “hard skin.” Based on this information and how it is used in the text, what doesNot aware of the needs of others.
An analogy is a comparison between two things that are the same in some way. Which sentence from the text is an exampleThe long train of exhaustion, rudeness, no food, no friendly word or deed…cutting like razors into that sensitive heart.
From what you have read, what would have most likely happened if Walt had not stopped to talk to the soldier with the “glassy eyes”The soldier would have died.
What do these fruits have to do with Walt’s time in the hospitals?He would buy oranges and give them to the soldiers.
How do these two excerpts from the story work together?They both show how just a little bit of care and attention could give great happiness.
What does Walt mean when he says the wounded soldiers “are not charity patients, but American young menThe soldiers deserve respect, not pity.
From the way, these final sentences are written, what can you tell about Walt?He saw the human side of all the soldiers, and didn’t care which army they fought in.

The Emperors New Clothes

Which of these sayings best states the main idea of this story?“Honesty is the best policy.”
From what you have read, which words best describe the Emperor?Selfish and proud.
Read this part of the text. What is the difference between other emperors and the Emperor in the story?Other emperors work, but this Emperor does not.
According to the story, what did the thieves say was special about their material?It was invisible to a person who was foolish or not wise.
From what you have read about the Emperor, why did he send people from his court to check on the clothHe was afraid he might not be able to see the cloth and be a fool.
According to the story, what was the strangest thing about the cloth?It was not really there.
Why do the people in the Emperor’s court say they can see the cloth?No one wants to be the only foolish person who does not see it.
Why is it important that the first person to speak the truth about the Emperor’s newIt shows that the honest child is wiser than the foolish adults.
If the people in the Emperor’s court had been honest about not seeing the cloth, what most likely would haveThe thieves would not have been able to continue their trick.
There is a popular saying that states “The clothes make the man.” If this is true, what does it say about the Emperor and hisHe is not a wise man.

Spanish To English

Hola, ¿cómo estás?Hello, how are you?
Bien y tuGood, and you?
DenadaYou’re welcome
Por favorPlease
El panBread
Necesito un baeI need a bae
El rockRock
Madre míaSurprise
así se haceEncouragement
OigaGet someone’s attention
La PruebaAudition
El conciertoConcert
SentirTo be sorry
Tener miedoTo be afraid
ExtrañarseTo be amazed
El cableWire

Anyone Can Ski!

This story is mainly abouthow skiing helps the physically disabled improve their lives.
How are Gerald, Allison, Chris, and Monte alike?They all have won medals in skiing.
This piece was written to show thatsomeone who is physically disabled can enjoy a popular sport.
What is an outrigger?a piece of equipment that some skiers use
“Four-trackers” are skiers whouse two artificial legs and two outriggers.
This part of the story gives the idea that people with physical disabilities who learn to ski are most likely togain more confidence in themselves.
Skiing is particularly helpful inhelping disabled people who are tired of boring exercises.
The text states that doctors and ski teachers worked togetherto teach skiing to physically disabled soldiers and children.
Which effect do these kinds of ski programs have on participants?They feel encouraged to try other things.
How do these two parts of the story work together?They both show how people do the best with what they have.

How I Learned To Clean My Room

This story is mostly abouta girl who finds out she should change her habits.
For her homework, Dee is supposed towrite about something she would like to change about herself.
What is a fact about Dee’s sister, Rebecca?She is a freshman in college.
Why does Rebecca think there is an intruder?The window is open, and someone bit into an apple.
What is the sequence of events after Dee and Rebecca leave their house?They go to the neighbors’ house, and the neighbors call the police.
Why was Dee’s door shut, even though Rebecca said it was open earlier?A pile of clothes and other stuff fell against the door.
In this part of the story, Dee says she wanted to “dissolve into the floor.” What does that mean?She is embarrassed and wants to disappear.
The intruderturned out to be a raccoon.
Based on what you read, Dee finally decided to clean her room most likely becauseshe was so embarrassed.
The author wrote this story toentertain.

Bird Woman

This story is mainly aboutthe role of Sacajawea in American history.
Lewis and Clark thanked Bird Woman for saving their compass and maps. How?They found a river and named it “Sacajawea.”
What is the main reason the soldiers liked having Sacajawea and her baby with them as they explored the West?Native Americans would know the soldiers were peaceful because a woman and baby traveled with them.
Sacajawea’s husband wasa Frenchman.
Based on these two parts of the story, which statement is true about the time when Sacajawea lived?A woman did what her husband said she should do.
According to the story, what would a Native American chief do to show strangers they were welcome on his land?put a blanket on the ground
Why did the men carry the flag to the West?The men wanted to fly the flag on land they claimed as their own.
What happened first?Sacajawea is taken from her home to live with the Mandans.
Sacajawea knew how to make many things from plants that helped the soldiers. Which of the following did she use to make medicine?rattlesnake root
Which best describes how Bird Woman felt at the end of the story?She was disappointed she could not go with Lewis and Clark.

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