Flesch - Kincaid Grade Level: 8.0
This one page nonfiction reading passage discusses the offbeat and extreme winter sport of shovel racing. As an alternative to traditional winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and sledding, shovel racing is as interesting as it sounds.
Samples from this informational text:
Anne Sommers waits in line to board the Chile Express chairlift at Angel Fire resort in New Mexico. Anne is about to get on the chairlift and be whisked to the top of an 8,600 foot mountain. However, Anne will not be gliding through the snow on a sleek pair of skis or a freshly waxed snowboard. She’ll be riding down the mountain on a large shovel!
Shovel Racing is a sport practiced in some parts of the United States. It consists of riders sliding down a snowy hill while sitting on a shovel. Athletes ride both regular snow shovels and larger shovels used for scooping grain.
The racer typically slides downhill on a basic snow shovel. The rider sits in the shovel facing the handle and leans back with his feet pointed forward. Competitors wax the underside of the shovel in order to increase its speed.
In 1997, the sport received a boost in popularity when the ESPN X Games featured a modified shovel racing competition.
There are 10 multiple choice and TEI - type standardized test questions. The questions were formulated using released test items. Question samples:
1. The main purpose of the article is to:
2. Which sentence from the article contains a comparison?
3. Which sentence from the article shows a cause – and – effect relationship?
4. Which sentence from the article contains an opinion?
6. After reading paragraph 5, the reader can conclude that Anne Sommers –
8. Complete the cause and effect chart with two of the choices
9. Complete the main idea / details chart below:
10. Read the results from the 2014 Angel Fire Shovel Race World Championships. Then circle all of the true statements that follow.
Also included is a link to a first person shovel racing video on YouTube.