So share freely your grin, let loose your laughter, and cast a spell of happiness on the world,
How does this excerpt support the theme that everyone has their own positive magic?
Read the excerpt from a student’s essay.
Putting on a bike helmet is the most important part of preparing for a bicycle ride. Helmets protect the brain and neck. They have been proven to reduce injuries by over 50 percent. It is important that helmets fit properly and that fasteners work correctly. I wear a helmet with a spider-web design.
Which is the best revision of the concluding sentence?
Read and use the thesaurus entry to understand a new word.
Choose the synonym that best clarifies the meaning of the underlined word in this sentence:
The kids wanted to keep the lost dog safe, so they quickly gathered supplies to build a makeshift doghouse.
Which event from The Jungle Bookby Rudyard Kipling can be described as part of the exposition?
Which action from The Jungle Bookbest supports the claim that Father Wolf respects the Law of the Jungle?
Which student would best be helped by using a thesaurus?
School uniforms help students focus on schoolwork. I believe that a school uniform policy would help us become better students. Uniforms take pressure off kids to dress fashionably or expensively. Because everyone is dressed the same, uniforms help students to be less distracted by T-shirts or crazy styles. Uniforms take the attention away from what kids are wearing and focuses it on what they are learning.
Which best states Monique’s position on school uniforms?
My mother sent me to his home every day in the summer to keep him company. "He has no one," she'd say, "since your nana passed." He never said much to me. He only gave gruff instructions in broken English and a complaint here and there about how I didn't know Spanish. It was my second summer with him, and I could see why he was always alone.
The paste cracked and flaked on my arms and hands from the heat of the garage. The old man pulled a small pocket knife from his back pocket. He cut open the jugs and taped the balloons to them to make a piñata form. He looked at me once more, and I knew what to do next. I returned to the bucket full of paste and handed him strip after sticky strip.
Why does the author include this imagery?
Which detail from "The Piñata" supports the theme that hard work yields rewards?
Which detail from "The Piñata" best supports the theme that people express love in their own way?
Jay flipped his hair so that it was out of his eyes. I could tell he was trying to act cool, but he must have been shaking on the inside.
"You don’t have to," I said.
"What do you know?" Pete said. "Mr. Soccer with his fancy jersey." My mom had just bought this new soccer jersey for me. At the start of the day, Jay had said how much he liked it, but now he was laughing right along with Pete. Then I watched as Jay walked over to the red car, kicking his feet out as he walked like Pete did, and tore off the antenna.
How does the narrator's role affect the characterization in this excerpt?
Jay and I were kicking a soccer ball. We had decided early in the summer to work on our skills. We were hoping to make the middle school team that fall. Jay and I had started playing soccer in first grade, and we practiced on Sunday afternoons.