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1 rskills Test 3a, page 1 NAME: DATE: rskills Progress Monitoring Test 3a DIRECTIONS: This is a reading test. Follow the directions for each part of the test, and choose the best answer to each question. SAMPLE QUESTIONS Sample A. Sample B. Samantha and her friends saw a tall slide. It looked high and scary. The other children were afraid. Samantha slowly walked up to the slide and began climbing the steps. Samantha was afraid. brave. weak. lost. Which two words are homophones? fast/slow go/gone will/well main/mane See Answer Key at end of test. Go on to the next page to begin the test.

2 rskills Test 3a, page 2 Comprehension Read the following short story. Then answer questions 1 5. Hard Times You be careful with those shoes! Mother warned Johnny as he headed toward the barn. We can t afford new ones. Life was hard all over the country. It was the Great Depression. People were out of work. Many families were poor. Johnny nodded. There was little money these days. The Anson family grew or made almost everything they needed to live. It was the only way to survive. Johnny headed toward the barn, limping slightly. He did not want anyone to see his shoes. Mr. Anson had already milked the cows. He needed Johnny s help carrying the milk cans back to the house. Some of the milk was for drinking. The rest would be made into cheese or butter. As he entered the barn, he saw his sister Karen. Where have you been, sleepyhead? Karen stuck her tongue out at her younger brother. She had helped her father with the milking. Now she was gathering eggs from the chickens. I was resting, Johnny replied, as he limped into the barn. That copper I brought back from the Smiths place was heavy. The night before, Johnny had walked more than a mile to the Smiths farm. He had carried several dozen eggs. He had traded the eggs for sheets of copper. His father would use the copper to make buckets.

3 rskills Test 3a, page 3 What s wrong with your foot? asked Karen. It s nothing, said Johnny. Let me see it, Karen ordered. Slowly, Johnny showed her the bottom of his shoe. Oh, Johnny, Karen sighed. There was a hole in the bottom the size of a quarter. She helped him take the shoe off. I think we can fix this. We ll just put some wood over the hole. But you have to take care of yourself. Feet are worth way more than any old shoe! 1. What did Johnny do the night before? carried eggs to the Smiths farm plowed the garden to plant vegetables milked the cows to make butter and cheese used copper to make buckets 2. Karen teased Johnny because he dropped some eggs. was late to do his chores. had spilled the milk. had lost the copper.

4 rskills Test 3a, page 4 3. This story is told from whose point of view? Johnny Johnny s sister an outside observer Johnny s mother 4. Where does this story take place? by the creek on the Smiths farm in a shoe store on the Ansons farm 5. What detail sets up the suspense in this story? The Ansons grew or made what they needed. Johnny does not want anyone to see his shoes. Mr. Anson had already milked the cows. Johnny traded eggs for some sheets of copper.

5 rskills Test 3a, page 5 Read the following short story. Then answer questions Finding a Light We arrived in the camp of tin-roofed shacks in the middle of the night. It was summer, but the night was cold. A fire seemed like a good idea. You d never think a banker would need skills like these, my husband said as he showed our son, Pedro, how to stack the wood. Then he began to worry. How would he light it? He didn t have matches, or a lighter. Here and there around the camp were other campfires. But my husband was proud. Asking someone else for fire would mean admitting he couldn t provide for his family. The night got windy and cold. The fire was not lit. All of us, including our two daughters, Isabella and Maria, were freezing. Something had to be done. At that moment, Pedro quietly slipped away. He made his way among the fires until he found a boy about his age, sitting on a log, warming himself by a fire. Hey, Pedro whispered to the stranger. The boy turned. My Dad We re not used to being poor yet, Pedro admitted to the boy. The boy leaned into the fire and pulled out a flaming branch. He handed it to Pedro. Welcome to Hooverville, the boy said. Hooverville was a name given to camps that were filled with poor, jobless people in the 1930s.

6 rskills Test 3a, page 6 Pedro smiled and turned to walk back to our family with the branch. I was so proud of my son. 6. Who is the narrator in this story? Pedro s mother Pedro Pedro s father an outside observer 7. What causes worry and tension in this story? Pedro is angry with his father. There are dangerous people in the camp. A strange boy threatens Pedro s father. The night is cold and there is no fire. 8. Pedro s father was unable to find any wood. talk with him. start a fire. get to the camp. 9. What is the setting of this story? a large city a camp of shacks a train car a banker s office

7 rskills Test 3a, page How did Pedro solve the family s problem? He found a box of matches He asked another boy for help. He rubbed two sticks together. He stacked some wood for a fire.

8 rskills Test 3a, page 8 Vocabulary/Word Study Read each question and decide which is the best answer. Fill in the circle next to the answer you have chosen. 11. Choose the word that is not in the same family as the others. clearing cleaned clear clearly 12. Which pair of words are homophones? steal/steel fed/feed grain/grown nearly/nearby 13. Which word is in the same word family as great? gathering grade greatness grateful 14. Which word is a homophone for right? rate write wrong correct

9 rskills Test 3a, page Which word is not in the same word family as produce? production produces producing proceed 16. Which word is in the same word family as tie? triple tried untie tiles 17. Which word is a homophone for meat? mate meet beef flesh 18. Which two words are homophones? loan/lone real/role fact/tact with/against

10 rskills Test 3a, page 10 Conventions Read each question and decide which is the best answer. Fill in the circle next to the answer you have chosen. 19. What is the best way to correct this run-on sentence? We walked along the trail it goes by the river. We walked. Along the trail it goes by the river. We walked along the trail it goes. By the river. We walked along the trail, it goes by the river. We walked along the trail that goes by the river. 20. Which sentence has correct word order? A model airplane Jamie flies. Jamie flies a model airplane. A model airplane flies Jamie. Jamie a model airplane flies. 21. What is the best way to correct this run-on sentence? The car can drive fast it has a big engine. The car can drive fast. It has a big engine. The car can drive fast, it has a big engine. The car can. Drive fast, it has a big engine. The car can drive fast. Has a big engine.

11 rskills Test 3a, page Which sentence has correct word order? He walked quickly to the park this morning. To the parked quickly he this morning walked. This morning to the park quickly he walked. This morning to the park he walked quickly. 23. What is the best way to correct this run-on sentence? Lane wrote poems she sold them. Lane wrote. Poems she sold them. Lane wrote poems, she sold them. Lane sold poems. She wrote them. Lane wrote poems and sold them. 24. In which sentence is the word order correct? He looking was under the bed for his shoes. For his shoes he was under the bed looking. Looking for his shoes under the bed he was. He was looking under the bed for his shoes. 25. What is the best way to correct this run-on sentence? Tami got on the train her dad waved good-bye. Tami got on. The train her dad waved good-bye. Tami got on the train. Her dad waved good-bye. Tami got on the train her dad. Waved good-bye. Tami got on the train that her dad waved good-bye.

12 rskills Test 3a, page 12 Open Response Write your answer in your own words on the lines below or on the answer document. Use complete sentences. 26. Review the short story Finding a Light. Do you think Pedro did the right thing? Write one or two sentences to explain.

13 rskills Test 3a, page 13 Open Response Write your answer in your own words on the lines below or on the answer document. Use complete sentences. 27. Review the stories Hard Times and Finding a Light. Which story do you think best expresses what life was like during the Great Depression? Write two or three sentences to explain.

14 rskills Test 3a, page 14 Writing Prompt Read the prompt. Write your response below or on the answer document. If you need more space, continue writing on a separate paper. 28. Review the short story Finding a Light. Write an analysis of how one of the characters in the story reacted to being poor. Remember to identify the title and text type in the introduction, make a point about the story s characters, use vivid examples from the story, summarize the writer s key ideas in the conclusion, and use correct grammar, spelling, punctuation, and capitalization.

15 rskills Test 3a, page 15 Writing Prompt STOP

16 rskills Test 3a, page 16 Test 3a Answer Key Sample Questions A. B. Comprehension 1. Story Elements: Plot 2. Story Elements: Plot 3. Craft and Structure: Point of View 4. Story Elements: Setting 5. Craft and Structure: Plot Devices 6. Craft and Structure: Point of View 7. Craft and Structure: Plot Devices 8. Story Elements: Plot 9. Story Elements: Setting 10. Story Elements: Plot Vocabulary/Word Study 11. Word Families 12. Homophones 13. Word Families 14. Homophones 15. Word Families 16. Word Families 17. Homophones 18. Homophones Conventions 19. Correcting Run-On Sentences 20. Using Correct Word Order 21. Correcting Run-On Sentences 22. Using Correct Word Order 23. Correcting Run-On Sentences 24. Using Correct Word Order 25. Correcting Run-On Sentences

17 rskills Test 3a, page 17 Test 3a Answer Key Open Response (sample answers): 26. Yes, Pedro did the right thing because the family needed to have a fire. Also, he slipped away and did it quietly, so he did not shame or embarrass his father. (2 points: Evaluate) 27. Hard Times best describes what life was like then. It shows the details of daily life, such as milking the cows and getting a hole in your shoe. It also shows how people traded things and helped one another to survive. (4 points: Evaluate) Writing Prompt: 28. Answers will vary. Use the rubrics from the SAM Portfolio tab to assess student responses.

18 rskills Test 3a, page 18 Test 3a Answer Document NAME: DATE: Multiple Choice Questions

19 rskills Test 3a, page 19 Test 3a Answer Document NAME: DATE: Open Response 26.

20 rskills Test 3a, page 20 Test 3a Answer Document NAME: DATE: Open Response 27.

21 rskills Test 3a, page 21 Test 3a Answer Document NAME: DATE: Writing Prompt 28.

22 rskills Test 3a, page 22 Test 3a Answer Document NAME: DATE: Writing Prompt

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