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Grade 8 Identifying Genre
Grade 8 Identifying Genre
Grade 8 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

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Based on the article, what is most likely to have a large effect on the economy?
  1. the destruction of old dollar bills
  2. a limited supply of a popular new smart device
  3. the lowering of interest rates by the Federal Reserve
  4. a temporary shutdown of machines at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Grade 8 Making Predictions
Grade 8 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
Grade 8 Figurative Language
Grade 8 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.8.2
Is it an ant, you wonder, or a termite? Ants resemble termites, but they are quite different and can be easily distinguished. In contrast to termites, ants are usually dark in color, are hard bodied, and have constriction between the thorax and abdomen. Termites are light in color and shed their wings. Flying ants do not shed their wings. Also, ants and termites belong to different orders.

Select the best summary of this paragraph.
  1. Termites are lighter in color and loose their wings at a certain stage of development.
  2. Ants are dark in color, hard bodied and belong to a different order than termites.
  3. Ants and termites are both insects and have many things in common
  4. Although ants resemble termites, they have differences that can be easily seen.
Grade 8 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.8.1
A lady in a faded gingham dress and her husband, dressed in a homespun threadbare suit, stepped off the train in Boston, and walked timidly without an appointment into the president's outer office. The secretary could tell in a moment that such backwoods, country hicks had no business at Harvard and probably didn't even deserve to be in Cambridge. She frowned. "We want to see the president", the man said softly. "He'll be busy all day," the secretary snapped. "We'll wait," the lady replied.

For hours, the secretary ignored them, hoping that the couple would finally become discouraged and go away. They didn't. And the secretary grew frustrated and finally decided to disturb the president, even though it was a chore she always regretted to do. "Maybe if they just see you for a few minutes, they'll leave," she told him. And he sighed in exasperation and nodded. Someone of his importance obviously didn't have the time to spend with them, but he detested gingham dresses and homespun suits cluttering up his outer office. The president, stern-faced with dignity, strutted toward the couple.

The lady told him, "We had a son that attended Harvard for one year. He loved Harvard. He was happy here. But about a year ago, he was accidentally killed. And my husband and I would like to erect a memorial to him, somewhere on campus". The president wasn't touched - he was shocked. "Madam," he said gruffly, "We can't put up a statue for every person who attended Harvard and died. If we did, this place would look like a cemetery".

"Oh, no," the lady explained quickly, "We don't want to erect a statue. We thought we would like to give a building to Harvard.

The president rolled his eyes. He glanced at the gingham dress and homespun suit, then exclaimed, "A building! Do you have any earthly idea how much a building costs? We have over seven and a half million dollars in the physical plant at Harvard".

For a moment the lady was silent. The president was pleased. He could get rid of them now.

And the lady turned to her husband and said quietly, "Is that all it costs to start a University? Why don't we just start our own?" Her husband nodded. The President's face wilted in confusion and bewilderment. And Mr. and Mrs. Leland Stanford walked away, traveling to Palo Alto, California where they established the University that bears their name, a memorial to a son that Harvard no longer cared about.

Why did the president of the university look down upon the couple?
  1. He thought they were going to cause problems because they looked dangerous.
  2. He didn't think they were important enough to talk to because they looked poor.
  3. He had punished their son and felt they were to blame for the trouble he caused.
  4. He knew them from where he grew up and was trying to avoid them.
Grade 8 Figurative Language
Comparing objects or ideas by stating that one is the other is called:
  1. Personification
  2. Rhyme
  3. Repetition
  4. Simile
  5. Alliteration
  6. Hyperbole
  7. Onomatopoeia
  8. Metaphor
Grade 8 Personification CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.8.5

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Grade 8 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.7, CCRA.L.5, RL.8.7, L.8.5, L.8.5a
Which of the following is an example of dramatic irony?
  1. A mother expects her children to do well in school and they make the honor roll.
  2. A man meets his long-lost son and the reader knows it, but he doesn't.
  3. A little girl can see the future and predicts a storm is going to come.
  4. A teacher tells her students they did well on a test, but actually they all failed.
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