RI.5.3

Description: Key Ideas and Details Explain the relationships (e.g., cause‚Äźeffect) or interactions among two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Maps to Reading Plus skills: 3A, 3C, 5A

Exemplars

3A: Predicting Outcomes

3A: Predicting Outcomes

Description: Predicting Outcomes

SeeReader
✓ standard met

Selection: HiE-11

HiE-11

Grade level: 5
Word count: 1713 words
Author: Dustin Rowland
Synopsis: In some parts of the world, animals are built to survive in temperatures that humans could not bear.
Excerpt: Because it does not mind the heat, the silver ant will actually choose the hottest time of day to search for food. In fact, the silver ant becomes active only when temperatures reach at least 115 degrees. Although they can survive for only eight to ten minutes in that heat without burning up, they choose this time for a reason.

Question: According to the selection, if the silver ant takes longer than ten minutes to search for food, it will
  1. burn up and die.
  2. starve to death.
  3. freeze to death.
  4. change its color.

Writing
✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Use a selection you have read to finish this statement: "If only (a character) had done (this action) instead of (this action), then (make a prediction about what might have happened)." Use details from the selection to explain and support your prediction.

Evaluator

Organization: Certica Solutions

3C: Analyzing Cause/Effect

3C: Analyzing Cause/Effect

Description: Analyzing Cause and Effect

SeeReader
✓ standard met

Selection: HiE-3

HiE-3

Grade level: 5
Word count: 1582 words
Author: Ben Robinson
Synopsis: Tony Hawk is a skateboarding legend. He is known for his fearless, record-breaking skating as well as his business success.
Excerpt: Because skating is such a risky sport, the skate parks needed to have insurance. The parks had to pay money to insurance companies in case a skater was injured. If the number of skaters increased, then the insurance costs increased. High insurance costs forced many skate parks to close, so skaters did not have a place to enjoy their sport.

Question: According to the selection, high insurance costs led to
  1. skate park closures.
  2. new rules about skateboard safety.
  3. some sponsors paying Tony Hawk more money.
  4. the creation of new skate parks.

Writing
✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Create a "chain of events" diagram for a selection.

Evaluator

Organization: Certica Solutions

5A: Examining Text Structure

5A: Examining Text Structure

Description: Examining Text Structure

SeeReader
✓ standard met

Selection: HiE-30

HiE-30

Grade level: 5
Word count: 1520 words
Author: Phyllis Wilner
Synopsis: Two organizations, MADD and SADD, continue to lead the fight against drunk driving.
Excerpt: Together with a group of high school students, Robert formed a group called Students Against Drunk Driving, or SADD. SADD's goal was to make the kids themselves face up to the dangers of drunk driving, and to do something about it.

Today, SADD stands for Student Against Destructive Decisions. It addresses other important issues such as drug use and peer pressure in addition to teenage drinking and driving. There are now more than 10,000 chapters in middle schools, high schools, and colleges throughout the country. The students organize and run each new SADD chapter. They get help from an adult adviser.

Question: SADD was originally formed to help students understand the dangers of drunk driving. Which two sentences in this excerpt best explain the change and growth in the ongoing mission of SADD?

Writing
✓ standard met

Writing prompt: Describe an author's use of symbols in a selection that you have read. Explain what the symbols mean and how they connect to the characters and events in the selection.

Evaluator

Organization: Certica Solutions