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HSA Item of the Week

This item is one of the many resources available in the Reading CLG Toolkit.

English

Read the essay “Water.” Then answer Numbers 27 through 31.

Read the essay “Water.” Then answer the following item.

Which of these topics would be best to discuss to help a reader prepare to understand the essay?

  1. the illnesses caused by impure water
  2. the origin of the Peace Corps program
  3. traditional ceremonies in West African villages
  4. challenging living conditions in some places

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