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Common Core Standard RST.6-8.8 Questions

Distinguish among facts, reasoned judgment based on research findings, and speculation in a text.

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Grade 6 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.6.8, RST.6-8.8

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Why does the author most likely add details about the three mountain ranges and powerful headwinds?
  1. To stress the challenges runners often face in this race
  2. To highlight the reason why so many runners apply to the race
  3. To explain the exact route this annual race follows through California
  4. To accentuate the purposes of the race being held during the summer time
Grade 6 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.6.8, RST.6-8.8

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Why did the author include information about the lemur's teeth?
  1. It points out how remote this part of the world is.
  2. It supports the idea that lemurs eat quite a bit.
  3. It explains how dry seasons affect the lemur's diet.
  4. It shows why lemur babies need water to survive.
Grade 7 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.7.8, RST.6-8.8

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What was the purpose of explaining the life cycle of the butterfly?
  1. To point out how important it is to its survival to have the right food
  2. To explain what a strong and durable species most butterflies are
  3. To show how long insects such as butterflies have been living on the planet
  4. To demonstrate how brief the life span is for the majority of insects
Grade 6 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.6.8, RST.6-8.8

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Why does the author most likely use the example of the balloon?
  1. To explain what oil droplets look like to experts
  2. To demonstrate how oil is forced through a rock
  3. To show how people's ideas about underground oil is mistaken
  4. To illustrate how the rock's pores appear under a microscope
Grade 8 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8, RST.6-8.8

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What was the main purpose of including the statistics about text-related accidents and fatalities?
  1. To point out how many young people text while they are driving
  2. To explain why all ages are guilty of using their phones in the car
  3. To show how closely the impact of texting on driving is researched
  4. To demonstrate the huge risk involved with texting behind the wheel

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