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Fifth Grade (Grade 5) Writing Questions

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Grade 5 Writing
April is beginning the lengthy process of choosing a college to attend. She is buying and reading guides to the best schools. She hasn't completely ruled out working for a year before attending college. She's checking out the many websites that provide information for picking the right college or university. She's even researching the climate of the area of every school she considers.

Choose the sentence that should be removed from the paragraph.
  1. April is beginning the lengthy process of choosing a college to attend.
  2. She is buying and reading guides to the best schools.
  3. She hasn't completely ruled out working for a year before attending college.
  4. She's checking out the many websites that provide information for picking the right college or university.
  5. She's even researching the climate of the area of ever school she considers.
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Read the passage from a narrative. Then answer the question.

The boat pitched from side to side. The sky grew darker, and the wind howled eerily through the trees. I looked around the boat, frantically searching for the paddle. Suddenly, I told Aaron to look out on the water where the paddle was floating.

Why does the author describe the sky and the wind?
  1. To tell the reader about the narrator
  2. To show the reader that a storm is coming
  3. To describe how the oar ended up in the water
  4. To explain why the narrator is in a boat with another person
Grade 5 Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.2, W.3.2b, W.4.2b, W.5.2b, W.6.2b
Scientists are learning a great deal about the aging process. This knowledge will allow doctors to help their patients live longer and better lives. They will be able to defeat diseases associated with aging and perhaps even delay the onset of old age. Many doctors would agree that some medicines are much too expensive.

Choose the sentence that should be removed from the paragraph.
  1. Scientists are learning a great deal about the aging process.
  2. This knowledge will allow doctors to help their patients live longer and better lives.
  3. They will be able to defeat diseases associated with aging and perhaps even delay the onset of old age.
  4. Many doctors would agree that some medicines are much too expensive.
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Which part of a narrative shows the characters’ thoughts and feelings?
  1. Pacing
  2. Conclusion
  3. Sequence of events
  4. Dialogue and description
Grade 5 Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.5, CCRA.L.3, W.5.5, L.5.3
The passage below is a first draft that contains mistakes. Read the passage and then answer the question.

(1) I started playing football on a new team this year, our coach gave us a notebook with plays in it. (2) I looked at the pages, but I didn't understand anything. (3) The coach showed us the book and explained the drawings. (4) they were all X's, O's, and arrows. (5)When I looked at them, they just looked like someone had scribbled on the paper!

What is the best way to correct sentence 1?
  1. I started playing football on a new team this year. Our coach gave us a notebook with plays in it.
  2. I started playing football on a new team this year: our coach gave us a notebook with plays in it.
  3. I started playing football. On a new team this year, our coach gave us a notebook with plays in it.
  4. I started playing football on a new team this year. our coach gave us a notebook with plays in it.
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Read the dialogue from a narrative. Then answer the question.

“Alec and Katie,” Mom said, with a twinkle in her eye, “I have some news for you!”

“What is it?” I asked, impatiently.

Mom’s face broke into a giant smile. “Remember that trip to the beach we’ve been planning?”

What does the dialogue tell about the situation?
  1. The narrator is feeling annoyed with the question.
  2. The narrator’s mother doesn’t want to go the beach.
  3. The narrator doesn’t understand what his mother is saying.
  4. The narrator’s mother has planned a surprise vacation for her children.
Grade 5 Writing CCSS: CCRA.R.5, CCRA.W.5, RL.5.5, W.5.5
Martin was riding his bike. He looked back to see if his friend was still behind him. Suddenly he heard the crunching of broken glass. Martin had ridden through broken pieces of a bottle. His front tire began to wobble.

Which sentence could you take out and still understand what happened?
  1. Martin was riding his bike.
  2. Suddenly he heard the crunching of broken glass.
  3. Martin had ridden through broken pieces of a bottle.
  4. His front tire began to wobble.
Grade 5 Conducting Research CCSS: CCRA.R.7, RI.5.7
If you were recording your family's oral history, who would be the best people to talk to?
  1. yourself
  2. only the children
  3. the oldest people in the family
  4. the youngest people in the family
Grade 5 Writing Fiction
Read the paragraph from a narrative. Then answer the question.

The boat pitched from side to side. The sky grew darker, and the wind howled eerily through the trees. I looked around the boat, frantically searching for the paddle. Suddenly, I told Aaron to look out on the water where the paddle was floating.

Which sentence could be improved by adding dialogue?
  1. “The boat pitched from side to side.”
  2. “The sky grew darker, and the wind howled eerily through the trees.”
  3. “I looked around the boat, frantically searching for the paddle.”
  4. “Suddenly, I told Aaron to look out on the water where the paddle was floating.”
Grade 5 Writing
When writing a personal narrative, all paragraphs need to be indented.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Opinion Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.1, W.3.1a, W.4.1a, W.5.1a
I am writing to complain about my recent purchase. I purchased a box of your Strawberry Chews. Your company is called the Chewiest, Berriest Candy Company. You promise to have the chewiest and most berry-flavored candy around. However, when I opened the box and took a bite of the candy, it was neither chewy nor berry-flavored. Instead, my box was full of hard, lemon-flavored candies. As a customer, I was really hoping for a box of chewy Strawberry candy as the name Strawberry Chews suggests. I was very disappointed.

In which sentence does the writer introduce the topic she is writing about?
  1. Sentence 1
  2. Sentence 3
  3. Sentence 5
  4. Sentence 6
Grade 5 Writing Essays
Choose the best transition word to complete the sentence.

Natives in the Desert Southwest built pueblo and hogan shelters using adobe and sod from the earth.                   tribes in the Pacific Northwest relied on the dense cedar forests to build plank houses out of wood.
  1. On the other hand,
  2. Similarly,
  3. Also,
  4. For instance,
Grade 5 Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.1, W.3.1d, W.4.1d, W.5.1d
In the conclusion of a persuasive piece, the writer asks the reader to:
  1. stop reading
  2. take action
  3. believe him
  4. change the facts
Grade 5 Writing
Publishing means to develop the theme or main idea. It is where you put everything in order and use appropriate words for the topic
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Writing
Which choice best combines the short sentences into a longer sentence?

Kids have many devices. They have smartphones and tablets. They have digital watches. These devices make it easier for them to connect.
  1. Kids have many devices that make it easier for them to connect, including smartphones, tablets, and digital watches.
  2. Kids have smartphones, tablets, and digital watches, which are devices that make it easier for them to connect.
  3. Kids have many devices, such as smartphones, tablets, and digital watches, that make it easier for them to connect.
  4. Kids have many devices, including smartphones, tablets, and digital watches, and these devices make it easier for them to connect.
Grade 5 Writing
Which choice best combines the short sentences into a longer sentence?

Drinking diet soda has numerous negative effects. It can cause heartburn. It can create dental problems.
  1. Drinking diet soda has numerous negative effects, such as causing heartburn and creating dental problems.
  2. Drinking diet soda has numerous negative effects which include things such as causing heartburn and creating dental problems.
  3. Drinking diet soda has numerous negative effects and these negative effects include it can cause heartburn and create dental problems.
  4. Drinking diet soda has numerous negative effects, such as it can cause heartburn and it can create dental problems.
Grade 5 Writing
Which choice best combines the short sentences into a longer sentence?

Hurricanes are dangerous. They are dangerous because they produce high winds. They are also dangerous because they cause flooding.
  1. Hurricanes are dangerous and have high winds and flooding.
  2. Hurricanes have high winds and flooding that are dangerous.
  3. Hurricanes are dangerous because they produce high winds and cause flooding.
  4. Hurricanes are dangerous and they are dangerous because they produce high winds and flooding.
Grade 5 Writing
The RECIPIENT'S address goes in the middle of the envelope.
Who is the recipient?
  1. the person who the letter is from
  2. the person who the letter is to
  3. the person who signs their name in the closing
  4. the person who mails the letter
Grade 5 Writing
A rubric is a scoring guide that explains what the writing expectations are.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 5 Writing
Which choice best combines the short sentences into a longer sentence?

Musicians have entered into a lawsuit against an online video site. They allege the site steals their music. They do not receive any royalties from the music.
  1. Musicians have entered into a lawsuit against an online video site, alleging that the site steals their music and they do not receive any royalties.
  2. Musicians have entered into a lawsuit against an online video site and they allege that the site steals their music and that they do not receive any royalties from the music.
  3. After alleging that an online video site steals their music and that they do not receive any royalties from the music, musicians have entered into a lawsuit against an online video site.
  4. After alleging that they do not receive any royalties from their music and that an online video site steals their music, musicians have entered into a lawsuit against the online video site.
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