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Constructed Response Items: Reading Grade 6

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


What other title would help a reader understand the main idea of this passage? Explain how the title you selected will help the reader better understand the main idea of the passage.

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 (2) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the story 'Swamp Talk' and answer the following question.


Explain the mood the author creates in paragraph 7. In your response, use examples from the paragraph that show how the author creates this mood. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (3) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the story 'Swamp Talk' and answer the following question.


Explain how Billie Wind demonstrates her understanding of the setting. In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your explanation.

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 (4) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the story 'Saints and Strangers on the Ship of Hope' and answer the following question.


Compare the way the Saints and Strangers describe the events of the voyage to the way the author describes them. 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 poem 'At The Library' and answer the following question.


Explain how the speaker in "At the Library" 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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 (6) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this passage from 'The Coastwatcher', a novel that takes place during World War II when the United States was at war with Germany. Then answer the following.


Explain how the setting affects the mood of the passage. In your response, use details from the passage that help explain how the setting affects the mood of the passage. Write your answer on the lines below.

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 (7) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this passage from 'The Coastwatcher', a novel that takes place during World War II when the United States was at war with Germany. Then answer the following.


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

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 (8) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this article titled "Why Is It So Hard to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle?" Then answer the question below.


In the last paragraph the author says that thixotropic solutions are "mysterious."

Explain whether the information in the article supports the idea that thixotropic solutions are mysterious. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (9) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this article titled "Why Is It So Hard to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle?" 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 the box below.

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 (10) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Team Full of Reasons." Then answer the question below.


Explain a lesson that Alex learns from his father. In your response, use details from the story that help to explain this lesson. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (11) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Team Full of Reasons." Then answer the question below.


Explain how you or someone you know is like Alex. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (12) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Team Full of Reasons." Then answer the question below.


Explain how Alex's memories affect his decision not to join the Pirates. 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 Sample
Read the play 'The Weeping Willow Wedding Day'. Then answer the following.


Explain a message about life that this play most helps a reader understand. In your response, use details from the play that help support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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