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Common Core Standard RL.4.2 Questions

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.

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Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, RL.4.2, RL.4.5

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What is the subject of the second stanza?
  1. flowers blooming
  2. animals and their babies
  3. growing crops
  4. singing about summer
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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Which sentence summarizes the speaker's thoughts in A Valentine?
  1. Love requires fancy notes and gifts.
  2. A simple "I love you" is good enough.
  3. Grandma looks the same as when she was young.
  4. Grandma has started to look a lot older and has white hair.
Grade 4 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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Which moral best fits the story?
  1. Looks can be deceiving.
  2. Set goals and you will reach them.
  3. Being yourself is the best.
  4. Costumes help you escape life.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2
In a field one summer's day a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. A group of ants walked by, grunting as they struggled to carry plump kernels of corn.
"Where are you going with those heavy things?" asked the grasshopper.
Without stopping, the first ant replied, "To our ant hill. This is the third kernel I've delivered today."
"Why not come and sing with me," teased the grasshopper, "instead of working so hard?"
"We are helping to store food for the winter," said the ant, "and think you should do the same."
"Winter is far away and it is a glorious day to play," sang the grasshopper.
But the ants went on their way and continued their hard work.
The weather soon turned cold. All the food lying in the field was covered with a thick white blanket of snow that even the grasshopper could not dig through. Soon the grasshopper found itself dying of hunger.
He staggered to the ants' hill and saw them handing out corn from the stores they had collected in the summer. He begged them for something to eat.
"What!" cried the ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?"
"I didn't have time to store any food," complained the grasshopper; "I was so busy playing music that before I knew it the summer was gone."
The ants shook their heads in disgust, turned their backs on the grasshopper and went on with their work.

What is the moral of the story?
  1. Work first, then play.
  2. Share with others.
  3. YOLO (you only live once) so don't worry about tomorrow
  4. Friendship
Grade 4 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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What is theme of this poem?
  1. Fourth of July celebrations
  2. The meaning of the Fourth of July
  3. Fourth of July symbols
  4. The people behind Fourth of July
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2
In order to give a good summary of a story, you must make sure you include which of the following:
  1. only the most important details, your own words, what the story is mostly about
  2. as many details as possible, all of the events in the story, in order, the author's words
  3. all of the above
  4. none of the above
Grade 4 Story Elements CCSS: CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, RL.4.1, RL.4.2
Jessica and Melanie were in the same classroom at school and on the same swim team. Both girls loved to swim, and often ended up competing against one another. Melanie always beat Jessica by a few seconds, but Jessica didn't mind. She was happy for Melanie, and decided that if someone was going to beat her, it might as well be someone from her own team.

The swim season had ended in March and both girls enjoyed a break from the rigorous practice schedule for a few months.

When May arrived, Jessica asked Melanie, "Which days are you going to swim practice this summer? Maybe we can practice together on the same days."

"I decided to take the summer off from swim practice. Summer is for having fun in the pool, not working hard. Besides, if I start practicing in September, I'll have plenty of time to get in shape before our first swim meet in October," Jessica said.

So Melanie went to swim practice alone three times a week that summer and worked very hard in the pool. She could feel herself improving and was excited when her coach commented that she could see how much improvement she could see in her swim strokes.

Jessica returned to practice in September, just a planned. When the date for the first swim meet arrived, she was feeling relaxed and confident. This would surely be another great swim season.

Both girls climbed on to the starting blocks for their first race -- the 50 meter freestyle. The horn sounded and they dove into the pool, swimming as fast as they could. When the race ended, it was Melanie who had won the race, and Jessica had come in 4th place. Clearly, Jessica was very disappointed.

The rest of the swim meet continued in the same fashion. Melanie didn't win EVERY race, but she did ALWAYS come in a few seconds ahead of Jessica. When she climbed out the pool for the last time that day, she felt an amazing sense of accomplishment!
               

On the lines below, write a theme that the reader could learn from this story and then find two sentences in the story that could be used as proof to support your theme. Write them below your theme. BE SURE TO RESTATE THE QUESTION INSIDE YOUR ANSWERS.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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Which statement BEST sums up the theme of the story?
  1. It is always good to be kind
  2. Kindness never pays
  3. Never trust a snake
  4. Once a snake, always a snake
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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The best title for this text would be
  1. The Value of Hard Work.
  2. Gathering Food.
  3. Two Mice.
  4. A Lazy Mouse.
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