Context Clues
Figurative Lang.
Author's Purpose
Fact or Opinion
Inferences / Main Idea
100

Some people think that my little brother is annoying because he asks so many questions, but I think that he just has an inquisitive nature.


What does inquisitive mean?

100

My heart it was a floating bird

That through the world did wander free

But he hath locked it in a cage

And lost the silver key.


Simile, Metaphor, Or Personification? What does the poet mean by that?

100

 Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author’s purpose (to entertain, persuade, or inform). Then, explain your answer. 

1. A pamphlet urging people not to eat animals or use products made from animals or animal suffering because the author thinks that is cruel and unnecessary 

100

There seems to be too much standardized testing in public schools.


Fact or Opinion?

100

Passage: Mr. Johnson looked up at the sky. It was clear as far as the eye could see, except for the cruel sun. The insatiable sun drained the land of all moisture. He cursed the sun. Mr. Johnson ran his fingers through one of the rows of dirt and grabbed a handful. It was bone dry, almost powdery. He let the dirt sift through his fingers and it turned to dust in the wind. Mr. Johnson put his hands on his hips and surveyed the field. It was well seeded, that he knew, but nothing was springing from the dirt. "Well, there's only one thing left to do," he said to himself. Mr. Johnson headed to church.


What does Mr. Johnson do for a living?

200

Due to the scarcity of food in her territory, the mother lioness had to roam far from safe ground to find a meal for her child. 


What does scarcity mean?

200

 They only know our love was brief,

And passing like an autumn leaf.


Simile, Metaphor, Or Personification? What does the poet mean by that?

200

Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author’s purpose (to entertain, persuade, or inform). Then, explain your answer. 

A politician’s speech about how homes should be provided to families who cannot afford them 

200

Oranges contain both calcium and vitamin C.


Fact or Opinion ?

200

Passage: Mr. Johnson looked up at the sky. It was clear as far as the eye could see, except for the cruel sun. The insatiable sun drained the land of all moisture. He cursed the sun. Mr. Johnson ran his fingers through one of the rows of dirt and grabbed a handful. It was bone dry, almost powdery. He let the dirt sift through his fingers and it turned to dust in the wind. Mr. Johnson put his hands on his hips and surveyed the field. It was well seeded, that he knew, but nothing was springing from the dirt. "Well, there's only one thing left to do," he said to himself. Mr. Johnson headed to church.

Why does Mr. Johnson go to church at the end of the passage?

300

After weeks of avoiding him, Annie finally found the courage to tell David that she wasn’t interested in him; and even though David was heartbroken, he appreciated her candor.


What does candor mean?

300

There the unregulated sun

Slopes down to rest when day is done


Simile, Metaphor, Or Personification? What does the poet mean by that?

300

Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author’s purpose (to entertain, persuade, or inform). Then, explain your answer. 

An article comparing and contrasting American and Swedish health care systems 

300

The more money someone has the more successful they are.


Fact or Opinion?

300

A penny for your thoughts? If it’s a 1943 copper penny, it could be worth as much as fifty thousand dollars. In 1943, most pennies were made out of steel since copper was needed for World War II, so the 1943 copper penny is ultra-rare. Another rarity is the 1955 double die penny. These pennies were mistakenly double stamped, so they have overlapping dates and letters. If it’s uncirculated, it’d easily fetch $25,000 at an auction. Now that’s a pretty penny. 


What’s the main idea?

400

The young child was so engrossed by the flashing lights on the toy train that when his mother asked him if he wanted a piece of chocolate cake, he didn’t even respond. 


What does engrossed mean?

400

He would write, but his hours are as busy

/ As bees in the sun


Simile, Metaphor, Or Personification? What does the poet mean by that?

400

Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author’s purpose (to entertain, persuade, or inform). Then, explain your answer. 

The Shakespearean tragedy Romeo and Juliet, where two young lovers are forbidden from seeing one another due to a centuries old blood feud between their two families 

400

Statistically, women live longer than men.


Fact or opinion?

400

Before you put on that Angry Birds costume and exhaust yourself roving from door to door pandering for candy, take a minute to reflect on the tradition in which you are taking part. Halloween is believed to have come from an ancient Celtic festival dating back some 2,000 years. November 1st was the Celtic New Year and marked the end of summer to the Celts, so they celebrated on its eve by wearing costumes made of animal skins and dancing around bon fires. Over the next two millennia, this primitive celebration grew to be candy fueled costume ball that we know today

What is the main idea of this passage?

500

The children in the orphanage might have starved had it not been for the benevolence of the nuns, who sacrificed their own small salaries to provide food for the children. 


What does benevolence mean?

500

The earth is the cup of the sun, / That filleth at morning


Simile, Metaphor, Or Personification? What does the poet mean by that?

500

At Easter, many parents want to buy baby bunnies for their children. Baby bunnies are cute, but rabbits are not always good pets. Many rabbits end up at animal shelters because people do not know how to care for them. This year, the Rabbit Rescue Team has an idea. We are asking parents to buy stuffed bunnies for Easter, instead of real rabbits! Please visit your toy store instead of your pet store! 


What is the author's purpose?

500

Math is the hardest subject in school.


Fact or opinion?

500

List the 4 steps of mapping a passage.

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