This free introductory ELA reading comprehension test for chapters 7 & 8 of Esperanza Rising was designed for, and successfully used in, regular, inclusion, and special education fifth grade classrooms. This test includes the answer key for teachers.
The test is made up of 14 multiple choice questions; 6 sequencing questions; 6 true/false questions; and 6 fill in the blank, a total of 32 questions. The test is easy to correct and provide an accurate tool to check student’s understanding of the material.
In keeping with the Common Core Standards, page numbers are provided for most questions and students are encouraged to use the text to find their answers. The questions are designed to test: finding the main idea; recognizing cause and effect; recalling facts and details; comparing and contrasting; understanding sequence; making predictions; finding word meaning in context; identifying author’s purpose; drawing conclusions and making inferences; interpreting figurative language; distinguishing between fact and opinion; summarizing; and understanding metaphors and similes.
Experience proved that our more competent students successfully answered many of the questions using recall, while less competent students relied heavily on using the provided page numbers and the text, making these tests a useful tool to help the overall student population become more confident readers.
The complete reading comprehension package for this book includes 74 pages. There are six tests and some include modified sections. Also included are character lists study guides for students. Each test has between 30 and 39 questions.
The vocabulary package for Esperanza Rising was written using the Common Core wordlist. The classwork sheets contained in this package include: the word, both with and without the quoted sentence from the text; page number; and directions requiring students to give the definition based on context clues, and the dictionary meaning. The package includes regular and modified tests for inclusion and/or special education classrooms, study guides for students, classwork sheets, and answer keys for teachers. Study guides are given out after students complete classwork sheets.
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