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Fourth Grade (Grade 4) Story Elements Questions

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Grade 4 Story Elements CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.4.3
Which is NOT part of the setting?
  1. Day
  2. Time
  3. Problem
  4. Location
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.
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