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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 5

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 4. Determine and analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective d. Summarize or paraphrase

Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

Read this article titled "Snug in the Snow." Then answer the question below.

Which of these sentences would make the best opening sentence for a summary of this article?

  1. Animals that hibernate begin preparing for hibernation in the fall.
  2. Some animals spend the winter in a deep sleep called hibernation.
  3. Hibernating animals put on a special kind of fat called "brown fat."
  4. Hibernating animals have a special substance called HIT in their blood.
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Correct Answer:
B

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