School Improvement in Maryland

Sample Items: Reading Grade 5

 (1) Selected Response Sample
Read the story ''A Candlelit Holiday'' and answer the following question.


Paragraph 2 of this selection is mainly about _____.

  1. how this holiday might have begun
  2. what the floats are made of
  3. when the holiday takes place
  4. what people eat during the holiday

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 (2) Selected Response Sample
Read the story ''A Candlelit Holiday'' and answer the following question.


Floats were originally made from _____.

  1. Flowers
  2. Plastic
  3. Banana leaves
  4. Lighted candles

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 (3) Selected Response Sample
Read the story ''A Candlelit Holiday'' and answer the following question.


Which question does the article answer?

  1. What materials are used to build the floats?
  2. How many people attend Floating Leaf Cup Day?
  3. Why do the floats continue to hold a lighted candle?
  4. What is the most popular food sold at the celebration?

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 (4) Selected Response Sample
Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


After lunch the class was drowsy and had trouble paying attention to the movie. Drowsy means _____.

  1. full
  2. late
  3. patient
  4. sleepy

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 (5) Selected Response Sample
Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


There is a bowl of pretzels on the table.

In which sentence does the word bowl mean the same thing as in the sentence above?

  1. Be careful or you’ll bowl your grandmother over.
  2. Let’s watch one of the bowl games on TV.
  3. We bowl on Friday night.
  4. The bowl broke when I dropped it.

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 (6) Selected 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.


Read these lines from paragraph 15.

"Stepbrother, Kate corrected silently, reaching for the plate."

The italicized word mostly shows Kate's

  1. desire to be in charge of the boat
  2. refusal to accept new family members
  3. concern that Seth shares family information
  4. anger that Seth receives more attention than she does

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 (7) Selected 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.


Mr. and Mrs. O'Brians's words and actions show that they are mostly

  1. kind and helpful
  2. wise and friendly
  3. skilled and agreeable
  4. serious and concerned

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 (8) Selected 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.


Read paragraph 25.

"The job's getting done, isn't it? As long as Zeke's along, you and I don't have to do the dirty work. And don't look so shocked, Kate. We both know who cleans The Mary Ann and mucks out the stable."

Which word best describes the tone of Seth's words in these sentences.

  1. accusing
  2. frightened
  3. questioning
  4. surprised

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 (9) Selected Response
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.


Which of these questions is NOT answered by the details and events in these passages?

  1. Where is Seth's father?
  2. How does Seth rescue Kate?
  3. Who is the new captain of The Mary Ann?
  4. What is Zeke's job on board The Mary Ann?

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 (10) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'Ice Skates'. Then answer the following.


This poem is mainly about a child

  1. writing on shiny paper
  2. completing a skating lesson
  3. doodling in a notebook
  4. making different designs in the ice

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 (11) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.


Read lines 1 and 2 of the poem.

No more summer blades of grass.
Now on blades of steel we pass.

An important idea in these lines is that

  1. the seasons have changed
  2. the speaker has a favorite season
  3. blades can be made of steel of grass
  4. steel blades are faster than grass blades

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 (12) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.


Read line 3 of the poem.

Blades to g l i d e with greatest ease

The appearance of the word g l i d e suggests a movements that

  1. requires blades
  2. is quick to learn
  3. is long and smooth
  4. takes a lot of time to complete

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 (13) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.


Read line 8 of the poem.

To spin until our senses reel.

The speaker of this poem is probably turning quickly in circles until

  1. he does not want to stop
  2. he is not aware of his surroundings
  3. he is dizzy and faints
  4. he is rolling around on the ground

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 (14) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'Ice Skates' and 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.


The speaker in “Winter Blades” and the speaker in “Ice Skates” both
  1. enjoy being outdoors
  2. like art projects
  3. play on sports teams
  4. dance very well

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 (15) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


Which of these sentences from this article most clearly identifies the article as nonfiction?

  1. High above the airfield, a pilot had just finished carving a crisp figure eight in the air.
  2. Everyone cheered for Bessie Coleman, the first licensed black pilot in the world.
  3. Each year Bessie’s school closed for months at a time.
  4. She read everything she could about airplanes and flying.

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 (16) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


The headings in this article are organized to show

  1. a sequence of life events
  2. the steps in a learning process
  3. a description of activities
  4. the main ideas of an argument

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 (17) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


Read this sentence from paragraph 1 of the article.

High above the airfield, a pilot had just finished carving a crisp figure eight in the air.

Which of these statements is the best paraphrase of this sentence?

  1. The pilot completed forming a clear figure eight in the sky.
  2. Over the airfield, a pilot put the last touch on a figure eight.
  3. Tall in the sky, a pilot was done with the figure eight shape.
  4. The pilot recently drew a sharp figure eight at a great height.

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 (18) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


Read this sentence from paragraph 6 of this article.

In desperation, Coleman asked Robert Abbott for help.

Which of these phrases could replace desperation and not change the meaning of the sentence?

  1. deep pain
  2. unseen danger
  3. extreme anxiety
  4. damaging fear

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 (19) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


Read this sentence from paragraph 10 of the article.

She wrote to her sister, “I am right on the threshold of opening a school.”

In this sentence, the words on the threshold mean—

  1. at the line
  2. at the start
  3. for the idea
  4. for the experience

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 (20) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


Paragraph 11 is mostly organized by

  1. problem and solution
  2. description
  3. main idea and supporting details
  4. cause and effect

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 (21) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


Which of these statements would the author of this article most likely agree is true?

  1. Reading about flying is a necessary step in learning how to fly.
  2. Traveling air shows were poorly attended by people.
  3. Bessie Coleman believed in making life better for others.
  4. Bessie Coleman preferred French flying schools to American flying schools.

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 (22) Selected Response Sample
After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.


After reading the section titled “Learning to Fly,” a reader can conclude that—

  1. flying requires a steady stomach
  2. learning another language is a lengthy process
  3. soldiers who fought in World War I were glad to be home
  4. the French were open minded about differences among people

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 (23) 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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 (24) 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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 (25) 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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 (26) 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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 (27) 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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 (28) 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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 (29) 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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 (30) 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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 (31) 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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 (32) 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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 (33) 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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