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Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text; provide an objective summary of the text.

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Grade 7 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
The Road Crew
by Bryan Ellett

Seth watched out the front window as a crew of about 10 people worked hard to destroy parts of the street in front of his house. There was a large sign down at the end of the street describing the construction project underway. It said, "Road Resurfacing. Expected completion: Fall 2009." The sign did not explain what Seth was watching out his front window. To Seth, it appeared that the destruction was somewhat random.
One man sat in the seat of a large piece of construction equipment that Seth's dad told him was called a backhoe. This giant piece of metal machinery had a scoop with jagged metal teeth at the end of a long arm, and the operator was controlling the arm and scoop with two joysticks. He would raise the arm high in the air, with the teeth of the scoop pointing downward. Then, he would bring the arm down quickly and with great force, using the teeth of the scoop to crush the concrete that it landed on. Already, this gentleman had ripped out the entire portion of sloped concrete that connected the driveway of Seth's house with the road. Several workers came along and hauled away the large pieces of concrete left behind.
Another worker was in charge of a large circular saw. He would wheel the saw to a particular piece of the road and fire it up. The spinning of the saw, even before it began cutting, created a high whining sound. Then, he would lower the saw into the concrete and cut long sections of the road. The piece of the road Seth watched him cut was about eight feet long and two feet wide. Seth could tell that the saw operator was working extremely hard.
Seth stepped into his front yard and looked up and down the street. Nothing made sense. Several other houses had the front portion of their driveway ripped out just as Seth's had been. But there were several more houses whose driveways were untouched. There were slices of road cut out here and there, but Seth could see no pattern to the places that were cut up. He could even see one worker filling in a recently cut piece of the roadway with fresh cement. Was there any point to what they were doing, or were they just breaking things and putting them back together to kill time? Seth had no way to know, so he just went back to the window to watch. It might not make sense, but, for Seth, destruction was fun to watch.

Which of these best summarizes the last paragraph?
  1. Seth noticed that one worker was filling in with concrete one of the holes that had been cut.
  2. Seth saw that some driveways were being ripped out while others were not being touched.
  3. Seth was happy to be watching workers from his window because he enjoyed watching destruction.
  4. Seth did not understand why only parts of the road were being destroyed, so he decided to just watch and enjoy.
Grade 7 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
Money Mark was born rich. He never had to work a day in his life and he got everything handed to him on a silver platter. When he was six, Money Mark wanted to go to a basketball game. His father paid the starting five of the Bulls and Celtics to play a private game of Nerf-ball in Money Mark's bedroom. When Money Mark turned thirteen, he wanted to start a band. His father hired the Rolling Stones to play with him every Saturday at the family's private concert hall, though his family was never there. By the time he was twenty-one, Money Mark was bored with life. He was surrounded by a bunch of possessions that he didn't appreciate and Money Mark could find nothing new or exciting in his life. Despite his vast wealth, Money Mark never found happiness.

Penny Petal was born poor. Her family hardly had anything to eat, but they loved each other. Penny Petal appreciated every thing she got. When she was six, her father walked her around the United Center before the Bulls played the Celtics. She was excited by the crazy fans and feeling in the air. She looked forward to the day that she could see a real game. When she was thirteen, she learned to play the buckets. She was an extremely talented musician, a natural percussionist, and everyone on the block loved the rhythms that poured from her palms. By the time she was twenty-one, Penny was a successful businesswoman. Now she had everything that she had ever dreamed of and she truly loved to share her wealth and happiness with her family who supported her through all of the hard times.

What is the THEME?
  1. Don't be greedy.
  2. Material things make people happy.
  3. Happiness can be bought.
  4. Money is everything.
Grade 7 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2, RH.6-8.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. People should help those in local hospitals.
  2. Garage sales are a great way to make some money.
  3. Speaking to the city council is easier than one would think.
  4. Communities can work together to help those in need.
Grade 7 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
What does it mean when the theme is implied?
  1. It is a secret.
  2. You can't figure out the theme by reading the story.
  3. The author tells the reader directly what the theme of the story is.
  4. The reader has to make an inference or educated guess about the theme.
Grade 7 Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
Which choice best represents a theme in the book?
  1. The importance of family
  2. Courage under pressure
  3. Neighbors can be helpful
  4. Life is an adventure
Grade 7 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
What does it mean when a theme is recurrent?
  1. The author says the theme over and over again.
  2. The same themes can be found in ancient myths, in short stories, in movies, and even in television shows and from works from many time periods and cultures.
  3. The story moves the reader so much that the theme cannot be mistaken.
  4. None of these.
  5. Both A and C.
Grade 7 Freak the Mighty CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
Which phrase does NOT represent a theme in "Freak the Mighty?"
  1. Size doesn't matter.
  2. Nothing lasts forever.
  3. Don't judge a book by its cover.
  4. Never befriend those with issues.
Grade 7 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
Which of the following is NOT a trick for finding the theme?
  1. Think about the meaning of the title of the story
  2. Skim the story for key phrases and sentences about big ideas
  3. Examine how the main character changes or note what he/she learns about life
  4. Analyze the small details of the story.
Grade 7 The New Colossus CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2

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What is the main idea of the poem?
  1. To speak out against immigration
  2. To show how great American is
  3. To welcome immigrants to America
  4. To offer hope to those leaving America
Grade 7 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
What does it mean when a theme is stated?
  1. You say the theme out loud.
  2. Someone else says the theme out loud.
  3. The author tells the reader directly what the theme of the story is.
  4. All of these.
  5. None of these.
Grade 7 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2, RH.6-8.2

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What would make the best title for this story?
  1. Speaking to the City Council
  2. Making Children's Lives Brighter
  3. Organizing a Neighborhood Garage Sale
  4. Cleaning out Closets, Attics, and Basements
Grade 7 The Diary of a Young Girl CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
The story takes place during which war?
  1. The Civil War
  2. The Revolutionary War
  3. World War I
  4. World War II
Grade 7 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.7.2
Which universal theme is most apparent in both passages?
  1. a person's struggle with nature
  2. the effects of scientific progress
  3. contemplating over the future
  4. a person's loss of innocence
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