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Constructed Response Items: Reading Grade 3

 (1) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.


Explain how information in the article shows how Cuddles changed Dan's life. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation.

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 (2) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Explain how the father probably feels at the end of the story. In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your explanations. Write your response on your answer document.

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 (3) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Read what Julian says in paragraph 4.

Huey and I guarded the pudding.

Explain whether guarded is a good word for Julian to use to describe the boys' actions in this story. In your response, use words and phrases from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (4) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Protecting the Pandas' and answer the following question.


The author says that giant pandas are "special creatures." Explain whether the word special is a good word to use to describe the giant panda. In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (5) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article about toys from the past 'Schoolyard Toys'. Then answer the following.


Explain how you know "Schoolyard Toys" is nonfiction. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (6) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article about toys from the past 'Schoolyard Toys'. Then answer the following.


What text feature could have been added to help a reader better understand the information in the section titled "Hoops?" In your response, use information from the article section called Hoops that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (7) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article about toys from the past 'Schoolyard Toys'. Then answer the following.


Explain whether or not the words in this article makes these toys sound like toys you would like to play with. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (8) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Explain how the speaker of the poem feels about reading. In your response, use details and examples from the poem that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (9) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


Explain why the museum's show is called "Amazing Collections." In your response, use information from the invitation that helps to explain your ideas. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (10) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


After reading this invitation, what can you conclude about starting a collection? In your response, use information from the invitation that helps to explain your conclusion. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (11) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


Explain how the author makes this invitation interesting to read. In your response, use information from the invitation that supports your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (12) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


Explain how the author makes this story seem real. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (13) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


What will probably happen the next time Beth visits her grandma? In your response, use details from the story that support your answer. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (14) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


Explain what Grandma's words and actions in this story show about her. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (15) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Explain a lesson about reading that a reader can learn from this poem. In your response, use details from the poem that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (16) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Explain another good title for this poem. In your response, use details from the poem that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (17) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Explain a problem in this story. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (18) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Explain how well Julian and Huey play together. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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