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Constructed Response Items: Reading Grade 5

 (1) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Fly High, Bessie Coleman' and answer the following question.


Explain what the information in the article shows about the job of performing in air shows. In your response, use information from the article to support your explanation.

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 (2) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'A Brick to Cuddle Up To' and answer the following question.


Read this sentence from paragraph 2.

Winters were hard in this New World, and the colonists had to think of clever ways to fight the cold.

Explain whether the word clever is a good word to describe the ways colonists fought the cold. In your response, use information from the passage that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (3) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Strongest of All'. Then answer the following.


Explain whether the title "Strongest of All" supports an important idea in the story. In your response, use details and examples 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 'Strongest of All'. Then answer the following.


Read this sentence from paragraph 3.

"We are the greatest."

Is the word "greatest" a good way for Whale to describe herself and Elephant? In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (5) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read these 'articles' about writing for yourself. Then answer the following.


What text feature could have been added to help a reader better understand the information in the passage from "How to Write Poetry?" In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer.

Write your explanation on the lines in your Answer Book.

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 (6) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read these 'articles' about writing for yourself. Then answer the following.


After reading the passage from "Keeping a Journal," what question might a reader still have about journals? In your response, use information from the article that explains why a reader might still have that question.

Write your explanation on the lines in your Answer Book.

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 (7) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read these 'articles' about writing for yourself. Then answer the following.


Does the passage from "Keeping a Journal" or the passage from "How to Write Poetry" better use words and phrases to persuade a person about the value or journals? In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer.

Write your explanation on the lines in your Answer Book.

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 (8) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poems 'Ice Skates' and 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.


Explain whether the speakers in "Ice Skates" and "Winter Blades" feel the same way about ice skating. In your response, use details and examples from both poems to support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (9) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this passage from 'Captain Kate', a novel that takes place during the Civil War. Kate and Seth must take the family canal boat to Washington City to sell a load of coal. Then answer the following.


Explain how the author makes Kate and Seth seem like real people. In your response, use details from the passage that show how Kate and Seth seem like real people. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (10) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this passage from 'Captain Kate', a novel that takes place during the Civil War. Kate and Seth must take the family canal boat to Washington City to sell a load of coal. Then answer the following.


Write a summary of the first section from Captain Kate. In your response, make sure that you record events from the beginning, middle, and end of the passage. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (11) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this passage from 'Captain Kate', a novel that takes place during the Civil War. Kate and Seth must take the family canal boat to Washington City to sell a load of coal. Then answer the following.


Explain why the setting is important to the events of these passages. In your response, use details from the passages that show why the setting is important to the events. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (12) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this article titled "Snug in the Snow." Then answer the question below.


Explain what could be added to help a reader better understand this article. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer in your answer book.

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 (13) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this article titled "Snug in the Snow." Then answer the question below.


Read this sentence from the last paragraph of this article.

Hibernation is still somewhat of a mystery and an amazing animal adaptation.

Explain whether the information in the article supports the ideas in this statement. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (14) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this article titled "Snug in the Snow." Then answer the question below.


Explain how the title "Snug in the Snow" helps a reader understand an important idea in this article. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (15) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "Teeth for Two." Then answer the question below.


Explain how the setting affects the actions of the characters in this story. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (16) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "Teeth for Two." Then answer the question below.


Compare Susie's and Skippy's feelings throughout this story. In your response, use details from the story that support your comparison. Write your answer in the box below.

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