Common Core: 1st Grade English Language Arts : Reading: Literature

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Example Question #1 : Reading: Literature

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

Where do the cats live? 

Possible Answers:

The tree

The park

The swing

The slide 

Correct answer:

The park

Explanation:

The answer to this question can be found in the story. The second sentence of the story, "The Cats", tells us that Pam and Tom live in the park. 

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by.

Example Question #1 : Reading: Literature

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

 

What does Pam like to do in the park? 

Possible Answers:

Watch the kids play in the park

Watch for Blue Jays in the park

Swing on the swings 

Slide down the slide

Correct answer:

Watch the kids play in the park

Explanation:

The answer to this question can be found in the story. The third paragraph in the story, "The Cats", starts by telling us that Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

Example Question #1 : Ask And Answer Key Detail Questions: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Rl.1.1

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

What does Tom like to do in the park? 

Possible Answers:

Watch the birds fly around the park

Slide down the slide

Watch the swings

Swing on the swings 

Correct answer:

Watch the birds fly around the park

Explanation:

The answer to this question can be found in the story. The second paragraph in the story, "The Cats", starts by telling us that Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue.

Example Question #1 : Reading: Literature

Fox and Friends

Today, I woke up feeling sad. In a forest full of other animals, I do not have a friend. No one wants to be friends with me because I am a fox. When animals see me coming they run away.

As I walk to the pound, I hear laughing and a lot of splashing. I see a deer and a rabbit playing in the water. The deer is laughing and smiling. He looks very happy.

I decide to hide behind a bush and ask them if I can play. This way they can hear me but not see me. “Can I come play with you?” I yell.

The deer and rabbit look for me, but they cannot see me. The deer says, “Yes, but you have to stop hiding!”

When I come out the rabbit seems scared, but the deer comes straight to me and gives me a big hug. As I play in the pond with my two friends, I feel so happy.

Where does the fox live? 

Possible Answers:

In a fox-hole 

In a house

In a mountain 

In a forest 

Correct answer:

In a forest 

Explanation:

We are told at the beginning of the story that the fox lives in a forest.

Today, I woke up feeling sad. In a forest full of other animals, I do not have a friend. No one wants to be friends with me because I am a fox. When animals see me coming they run away.

 

Example Question #1 : Reading: Literature

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

What is a Blue Jay? 

Possible Answers:

A cat

A bird

A girl

A boy

Correct answer:

A bird

Explanation:

A Blue Jay is a type of bird. We learn this in the passage when Tom is talking about his favorite type of bird. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue.

Example Question #1 : Identify Words And Phrases That Suggest Feelings Or Appeal To The Senses: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Rl.1.4

Fox and Friends

Today, I woke up feeling sad. In a forest full of other animals, I do not have a friend. No one wants to be friends with me because I am a fox. When animals see me coming they run away.

As I walk to the pound, I hear laughing and a lot of splashing. I see a deer and a rabbit playing in the water. The deer is laughing and smiling. He looks very happy.

I decide to hide behind a bush and ask them if I can play. This way they can hear me but not see me. “Can I come play with you?” I yell.

The deer and rabbit look for me, but they cannot see me. The deer says, “Yes, but you have to stop hiding!”

When I come out the rabbit seems scared, but the deer comes straight to me and gives me a big hug. As I play in the pond with my two friends, I feel so happy.

How does the fox feel at the start of the story?

Possible Answers:

Happy

Excited

Sad

Tired

Correct answer:

Sad

Explanation:

The start of the story is always at the beginning. We learn in the first sentence that the fox is sad. 

Today, I woke up feeling sad. In a forest full of other animals, I do not have a friend. No one wants to be friends with me because I am a fox. When animals see me coming they run away.

Example Question #1 : Identify Words And Phrases That Suggest Feelings Or Appeal To The Senses: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Rl.1.4

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

How does Pam feel about going down the slide? 

Possible Answers:

She lives on the slide 

She loves to go down the slide

She is scared of the slide

She doesn't like the slide 

Correct answer:

She is scared of the slide

Explanation:

From the passage, we learn that Pam loves to watch kids go down the slide, but she has been too scared to go down the slide herself. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

Example Question #1 : Reading: Literature

Fox and Friends

Today, I woke up feeling sad. In a forest full of other animals, I do not have a friend. No one wants to be friends with me because I am a fox. When animals see me coming they run away.

As I walk to the pound, I hear laughing and a lot of splashing. I see a deer and a rabbit playing in the water. The deer is laughing and smiling. He looks very happy.

I decide to hide behind a bush and ask them if I can play. This way they can hear me but not see me. “Can I come play with you?” I yell.

The deer and rabbit look for me, but they cannot see me. The deer says, “Yes, but you have to stop hiding!”

When I come out the rabbit seems scared, but the deer comes straight to me and gives me a big hug. As I play in the pond with my two friends, I feel so happy.

 

 

How do we know that this is a fictional story, and not a true story? 

Possible Answers:

This is a fictional story because a deer would not live in a forest. 

This is a fictional story because deers do not like water. 

This is a fictional story because animals can't talk like they do in the story.

This is a fictional story because a fox would not live in a forest. 

Correct answer:

This is a fictional story because animals can't talk like they do in the story.

Explanation:

We know that this story is fictional because the deer and the fox talk in the story, but animals can't talk in real life.

A fox and a deer both live in a forest, and both animals like and need water to survive. These are all facts, and would not make a story fictional. 

Example Question #1 : Identify The Narrator(S): Ccss.Ela Literacy.Rl.1.6

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

Who is telling this story? 

Possible Answers:

Tom

The cats

An unknown narrator 

Pam

Correct answer:

An unknown narrator 

Explanation:

A narrator tells a story. This story is about two cats, Tom and Pam. Someone is telling the reader what Pam and Tom like to do in the park. Pam and Tom are not telling the story because neither of them say "I" in the passage. They are also the cats, so that is not the correct answer. 

We aren't introduced to the person who is telling us about the cats, Tom and Pam, so an unknown narrator is telling the story.

Example Question #1 : Reading: Literature

Fox and Friends

Today, I woke up feeling sad. In a forest full of other animals, I do not have a friend. No one wants to be friends with me because I am a fox. When animals see me coming they run away.

As I walk to the pound, I hear laughing and a lot of splashing. I see a deer and a rabbit playing in the water. The deer is laughing and smiling. He looks very happy.

I decide to hide behind a bush and ask them if I can play. This way they can hear me but not see me. “Can I come play with you?” I yell.

The deer and rabbit look for me, but they cannot see me. The deer says, “Yes, but you have to stop hiding!”

When I come out the rabbit seems scared, but the deer comes straight to me and gives me a big hug. As I play in the pond with my two friends, I feel so happy.

Who is telling the story?

Possible Answers:

The rabbit 

The deer 

The forest 

The fox

Correct answer:

The fox

Explanation:

The person who is telling the story is called a narrator. We learn in the first section of the story that the fox is telling this story. He uses the word "I" and then we find out that he is a fox. 

Today, I woke up feeling sad. In a forest full of other animals, I do not have a friend. No one wants to be friends with me because I am a fox. When animals see me coming they run away.

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