Common Core: 3rd Grade English Language Arts : Ask and Answer Questions to Show Understanding: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

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Example Question #1 : Ask And Answer Questions To Show Understanding: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.3.1

“Honest Abe” 

Abraham Lincoln is not just the face on the penny. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and he was known as “Honest Abe." This nickname started when he was a young boy working in a store. If he gave someone the wrong change back, then he would follow them home and give them their left over money. “Honest Abe” is remembered as an honest boy and a great president. 

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room home in Kentucky, and then later moved to Indiana and later Illinois. He grew up very poor and after his mother passed away, his older sister took care of him. Abraham Lincoln did not have an easy time growing up, but he was very smart. Most of what he knew he learned on his own by reading books, he was self-taught.

Lincoln became president in 1861. Lincoln wanted to end the use of slavery in the United States, which upset many people. Because of this, some states did not want to be apart of the United States and tried to have their own laws and rules. A war started and lasted for 4 years. This became known as the Civil War. After it ended, all of the states of the United States stayed together, and President Lincoln said that all slaves needed to be set free. 

Abraham Lincoln’s life was too short. He died at age 56, but he will always be remembered. 

 

Based on the passage, what describes Abraham Lincoln's childhood? 

Possible Answers:

Happy 

Easy

Challenging 

Strict 

Correct answer:

Challenging 

Explanation:

The answer to this question will not be found directly in the text, but we can use details from the text to help us select an answer. In the passage, we are told that Lincoln did not have an easy time growing up. His mother passed away when he was young and he grew up very poor. Because of these things, his childhood was most likely not happy or easy. It would be very sad and hard to lose a mother so young and grow up in a one-room home. Nothing is mentioned about Lincoln's dad or sister being strict. 

"Challenging" is the best answer to this questions. It would be challenging to grow up poor, having to teach yourself things instead of being taught by a teacher everyday, and losing your mother at a young age. 

Example Question #1 : Reading: Informational Text

“Honest Abe” 

Abraham Lincoln is not just the face on the penny. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and he was known as “Honest Abe." This nickname started when he was a young boy working in a store. If he gave someone the wrong change back, then he would follow them home and give them their left over money. “Honest Abe” is remembered as an honest boy and a great president. 

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room home in Kentucky, and then later moved to Indiana and later Illinois. He grew up very poor and after his mother passed away, his older sister took care of him. Abraham Lincoln did not have an easy time growing up, but he was very smart. Most of what he knew he learned on his own by reading books, he was self-taught.

Lincoln became president in 1861. Lincoln wanted to end the use of slavery in the United States, which upset many people. Because of this, some states did not want to be apart of the United States and tried to have their own laws and rules. A war started and lasted for 4 years. This became known as the Civil War. After it ended, all of the states of the United States stayed together, and President Lincoln said that all slaves needed to be set free. 

Abraham Lincoln’s life was too short. He died at age 56, but he will always be remembered. 

Where was Abraham Lincoln born?

Possible Answers:

Kentucky 

Indiana

All of the choices are correct

Illinois 

Correct answer:

Kentucky 

Explanation:

This question is asking us for a detail from the passage, which means we can find the answer directly in the passage. We are told in the second paragraph that Lincoln was born in Kentucky. We were also told that he lived in Indiana and Illinois, but he was born in Kentucky. 

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room home in Kentucky, and then later moved to Indiana and later Illinois. He grew up very poor and after his mother passed away, his older sister took care of him. Abraham Lincoln did not have an easy time growing up, but he was very smart. Most of what he knew he learned on his own by reading books.

Example Question #3 : Ask And Answer Questions To Show Understanding: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.3.1

“Honest Abe” 

Abraham Lincoln is not just the face on the penny. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and he was known as “Honest Abe." This nickname started when he was a young boy working in a store. If he gave someone the wrong change back, then he would follow them home and give them their left over money. “Honest Abe” is remembered as an honest boy and a great president. 

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room home in Kentucky, and then later moved to Indiana and later Illinois. He grew up very poor and after his mother passed away, his older sister took care of him. Abraham Lincoln did not have an easy time growing up, but he was very smart. Most of what he knew he learned on his own by reading books, he was self-taught.

Lincoln became president in 1861. Lincoln wanted to end the use of slavery in the United States, which upset many people. Because of this, some states did not want to be apart of the United States and tried to have their own laws and rules. A war started and lasted for 4 years. This became known as the Civil War. After it ended, all of the states of the United States stayed together, and President Lincoln said that all slaves needed to be set free. 

Abraham Lincoln’s life was too short. He died at age 56, but he will always be remembered. 

 

What was the first thing we learned about Lincoln from the passage? 

Possible Answers:

Lincoln is on the penny

Lincoln died at age 56

Lincoln was the 16th president

Lincoln was born in Kentucky

Correct answer:

Lincoln is on the penny

Explanation:

We are looking for the first thing that we learned in the passage, so we want to start at the beginning of the passage. The first thing that we learn is that Abraham Lincoln is on the penny. 

Abraham Lincoln is not just the face on the penny. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and he was known as “Honest Abe." This nickname started when he was a young boy working in a store. If he gave someone the wrong change back, then he would follow them home and give them their left over money. “Honest Abe” is remembered as an honest boy and a great president. 

We are told that he's "not just the face on the penny" which means that he is on the penny, but was also many other things. He was the 16th president, he was born in Kentucky, and he died at age 56. But the first thing we learn is that he was on the penny. 

Example Question #4 : Ask And Answer Questions To Show Understanding: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.3.1

“Honest Abe” 

Abraham Lincoln is not just the face on the penny. Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States and he was known as “Honest Abe." This nickname started when he was a young boy working in a store. If he gave someone the wrong change back, then he would follow them home and give them their left over money. “Honest Abe” is remembered as an honest boy and a great president. 

Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in a one-room home in Kentucky, and then later moved to Indiana and later Illinois. He grew up very poor and after his mother passed away, his older sister took care of him. Abraham Lincoln did not have an easy time growing up, but he was very smart. Most of what he knew he learned on his own by reading books, he was self-taught.

Lincoln became president in 1861. Lincoln wanted to end the use of slavery in the United States, which upset many people. Because of this, some states did not want to be apart of the United States and tried to have their own laws and rules. A war started and lasted for 4 years. This became known as the Civil War. After it ended, all of the states of the United States stayed together, and President Lincoln said that all slaves needed to be set free. 

Abraham Lincoln’s life was too short. He died at age 56, but he will always be remembered. 

 

What is the last detail about Lincoln that we learn from the passage?

Possible Answers:

Lincoln was the 16th president 

Lincoln was born in 1809

Lincoln died at age 56

Lincoln became president in 1861

Correct answer:

Lincoln died at age 56

Explanation:

We are looking for the last detail, so we want to look near the end of the passage for the answer to this question.

Abraham Lincoln’s life was too short. He died at age 56, but he will always be remembered.

Lincoln did become president in 1861, was born in 1809, and was the 16th president, but we learn about those things before we learn that he died at age 56. 

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