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QPA1 7ELA Study Guide

ELACC7RL1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

The Chemist

Kyle looked with a suspicious eye at the small vial he was holding. He shook the vial just a little and watched as a thin liquid sloshed around inside. “What have I done?” he thought.

Mr. Hankins, Kyle’s science teacher, walked around the classroom and examined the students’ work. They were mixing harmless chemicals together and then examining the results, but Kyle’s experiment hadn’t gone according to plan. While everyone else held vials full of bright pink liquid, the contents of Kyle’s vial had turned a shocking blue.


  1. Cite evidence that reveals Kyle’s main problem in this story.



  1. What MOST LIKELY happened? Cite evidence to support your answer. (RACE)



Excerpts from The Haunted Woman
She made the passageways as confusing as possible to foil whatever evil spirits might visit. Thirteen was her favorite number, so she tried to build everything in thirteens. For instance, the chandelier held thirteen candles, some rooms had thirteen windows, and one suite had thirteen fireplaces. Of course, everything had to be custom-built.

Sarah’s whims drove all her employees crazy, but at least she paid well, almost twice the going rate. Plus, there was never a dull moment in the Winchester Mansion. One day, Sarah would have a room painted bright red. The next day, she wanted it white because that’s what the spirits wanted. At one point, Sarah boarded up the wine cellar for a similar reason. Sarah also installed a total of 47 fireplaces because that’s how she imagined that her “spirit friends” came and went.




  1. Cite and explain evidence that reveals how Sarah believed she was haunted by spirits. (RACE)


4. We are not directly told Sarah’s last name. Make an inference to determine her last name and cite evidence to support your answer.
ELACC7RL2: 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.

5. Performance Assessment Workbook activity:

Directions: Read, “The Old Grandfather and His Little Grandson” as retold by Leo Tolstoy on page 78. Complete the Discuss and Decide question at the bottom of the page. Finally, review the powerpoint about this folktale focusing on determining theme.

ELACC7RL3: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact.

Black Sunday by Taryn Trina

It was April 14—one day before Cora’s sixteenth birthday---and she felt the air change as she took the laundry down from the clothesline. The sky darkened over the Oklahoma plains and the wind threatened to blow the laundry away. Cora froze for a moment and then shouted, “Dust storm!” loudly enough for everyone inside to hear.

Cora held the cellar door open for her mother and the younger children as they descended into the cool darkness. Cora’s mother called for her to join them, but Cora was determined to find her father and brothers.

Cora saddled the old mare and rode across the fields, calling for her father until she finally spotted him. He was already riding back with her brothers, the storm creeping up the horizon nearly fast enough to overcome them. They tethered the animals in the barn stalls and sealed the doors to keep the precious livestock safe.


6. What is the relationship between the setting and the conflict in the story?

7. How would the conflict change if the setting was Atlanta?


ELACC7RL6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
Leslie sat in front of Paul. She had two long, brown pigtails that reached all the way down to her waist. Paul saw those pigtails, and a terrible urge came over him. He wanted to pull a pigtail. He wanted to wrap his fist around it, feel the hair between his fingers, and just yank. He thought it would be fun to tie the pigtails together, or better yet, tie them to her chair. But most of all, he just wanted to pull one.
8. Consider the two characters and their responses to each other as the story unfolds. Use the table on your answer sheet to organize your two-voice poem. Review the following example:


Voice 1

Voice 2







I can hear him fidgeting behind me.

I see her pigtails, evenly divided.







Why won’t he be still and do his work?

I know that I shouldn’t, but I can’t help myself.













































Summarizing Informational Texts:

  1. Using Common Core Assessment (Performance Assessment)

    1. Read passage (pg. 28) “Ranger Killed During Rescue of Climbers on Mount Rainier”

    2. Use Sum-It-Up worksheet from Wiki site (QPA 1 resources).


ELACC7W2,4,5,10

Select the transitional phrase or word that best completes the sentence provided.

10. 

______________ of the weather, the football game will be played tomorrow.




A.

Therefore




B.

Regardless




C.

In addition




D.

Furthermore




11. 

I dropped my cell phone and it broke.  ____________, I need to either buy a new one or borrow yours.




A.

In spite of




B.

Likewise




C.

Furthermore




D.

Therefore



12. 

I can't help you with your homework because I am not very good at geometry.  __________, I know someone who can.




A.

However




B.

For example




C.

In addition




D.

Subsequently



13. 

___________ it was raining, I still walked to school.




A.

Consequently




B.

Furthermore




C.

Accordingly



D.

Although




14. 

______ of her good grades, Rebecca did not get accepted to Stanford.




A.

In addition




B.

In spite of




C.

As a result




D.

On the other hand


ELACC7L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

15. Use context clues to explain the meaning of the word innovative.

“One might say that Sarah was innovative as well as obsessed. She installed a washboard sink, modern elevators, and a heat-control device on her shower to keep the water the right temperature.”




16. Use context clues to explain the meaning of the phrase drove all her employees crazy.

“Sarah’s whims drove all her employees crazy, but at least she paid well, almost twice the going rate.”




17. Your cousin claimed to be late because the doors of his house were frozen shut. Even though I have my doubts, his explanation is plausible. It got really cold last night. I'll just have to take his word for it.
If a statement is plausible,                               .

a. you must always believe it

b. you should never believe it

c. it's hard to understand because it makes no sense

d. it's believable enough to possibly be true
18. Put this medicine on your arm and rub it into your skin until it's invisible. It will inhibit the infection's attempt to spread.
In this sentence, the word inhibit means:

a. live in a certain place

b. block or slow down

c. itch or burn

d. help to do something important
19. After taking the lift to the top, Doug was reluctant to ski down the mountain. His friend Bob was eager to take off. Slowly, Bob got Doug to try to ski.
In this sentence, the word reluctant means:

a. happy


b. unwilling

c. ready


d. keen

ELACC7RI6: Determine an author’s point of view or purpose in a text and analyze how the author distinguishes his or her position from that of others.

Read the descriptions of each item and determine the author’s main purpose (to persuade, inform, or entertain). Explain your answer.



20. A section in a history book describing the conditions and causes of the Great Depression in the Midwest in the 1930s.

Author’s Purpose: _______________________________________________________



Explain Your Answer:


21. An instructional booklet describing how to operate a smart phone

Author’s Purpose: _______________________________________________________



Explain Your Answer:




22. A poem about why the iPhone is the greatest consumer electronic device ever made
Author’s Purpose: _______________________________________________________

Explain Your Answer:


ELACC7L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

  1. Use the relationship between particular words to better understand each of the words. (synonym/antonym, analogy)

Directions: Complete the table with antonyms and synonyms.

Word

Antonym

Synonym










23. cordial
















24. arduous
















25. elated
















26. fatigued
















27. miniscule
















Directions: Complete the following analogies.

28. actor : cast :: singer : _________

29. trumpet : brass :: clarinet : ___________

30. timid : bold :: __________ : industrious

31. circumference : circle :: __________: square

32. biologist : laboratory :: painter : _________

33. dollar : currency :: ____________ : flower



7L3a: Choose language that expresses ideas precisely and concisely recognizing and eliminating wordiness and redundancy.

Directions: Choose the best answer that eliminates unnecessary words.

34. Max was really angry at his mother because of the fact that she made him do extra chores.

  1. Because of the fact that he had extra chores to do, Max was really angry at his mother.

  2. Due to the fact of the extra chores, Max was really angry at his mother.

  3. Max was angry at his mother because she gave him extra chores.

  4. Having received extra chores from his mother giving them to him, Max was really angry at his mother.

35. Every single one of the students in the class did remember to bring back the field trip form.

  1. Every student remembered to return the form.

  2. Every one of all the students remembered to bring back the field trip form.

  3. Each one of all of the students in the class did bring back the field trip form.

  4. Every single student remembered to return the form.



  1. One time when I went to the pool, my friend, whose name is Jamal, went with me and we had fun.

  1. One time when I went to the pool, my friend Jamal went with me and we had fun.

  2. Jamal and I, we went to the pool, and we had fun.

  3. We, Jamal and I, went to the pool and had fun.

  4. Once, my friend Jamal and I had fun at the pool.



  1. He enjoyed talking to his neighbor who lived near him.

a. He enjoyed talking to his neighbor whose house was near his.

b. He enjoyed talking to his neighbor.

c. The neighbor who lived nearby; he enjoyed talking to him.

d. The neighbor of the house nearby was enjoyable to talk to.



ELACC7L5: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

b. Distinguish among the connotations of words with similar denotations.

The connotation of a word is the intended meaning of the word as it is used in a sentence. Words can have either a positive, negative, or neutral connotation. The denotation of a word is the literal (dictionary) meaning.



  1. Read the following sentences. Determine the connotation of the underlined word in each sentence. In the space provided at the end of the sentence, identify the connotation as positive, negative, or neutral.

Provide the denotation for the word conversate: _______________________________________________

a. Bridgette talked with her neighbors outside her building. _______________

b. Bridgette chatted with her neighbors outside her building. _______________

c. Bridgette gossiped with her neighbors outside her building. _______________

ELACC7RI5: Analyze the structure an author uses to organize a text, including how the major sections contribute to the whole and to the development of the ideas.

39. Analyze the advertisement on page 12 of your Performance Assessment workbook. Make a list of any text features that are on the page. Identify the purpose of the advertisement.

Text Features

4.

1.

5.

2.

6.

3.

Purpose (P.I.E.)



  1. Performance Assessment workbook: read “The Food Pyramid and Why It Changed” pages 58-59. Determine the text structure and draw it below.



  1. Another type of text structure is descriptive. Draw a graphic organizer below to describe something of your choice. This might include a sport, hobby, person, or event.

42-45. Draw and label a plot map below. Fill it in with literary elements from the story ________________.



Note: In addition to the study guide, students will need their Performance Assessment workbook, a copy of the Sum It Up! worksheet (found on WKIK-QPA 1) and #5 requires teachers to review a power point about theme. This power point is also on the WIKI under QPA 1.

Pretest Unit One ELA

Answer Sheet

ELACC7RL1: Cite several pieces of textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

1. Kyle’s problem: His experiment goes wrong. Student response should include: According to the passage, Kyle’s experiment hadn’t gone according to plan, Kyle’s vile had turned a shocking blue.

2. Most likely Kylee should not have shaken the vile of chemicals. The statement “What have I done?” indicates that Kyle realized that he made a mistake; he might choose to conduct the experiment again. (Student answers will be longer since they are using RACE).

3. Answers may vary. Evidence should include Sarah painting her room bright red, and the next day paint it white because that’s what the spirits wanted. She boarded up the wine cellar for the same reason. She installed 47 fireplaces because that’s how her spirit friends came and went. (Student answers will be longer since they are using RACE).

4. Her last name in Winchester because that is the name of the mansion. (Students may be able to link her to the Winchester rifle fortune).

ELACC7RL2: 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.

5. Performance Assessment workbook activity; Share and discuss power point with students.



ELACC7RL3: Analyze how particular elements of a story or drama interact.

6. The setting (Oklahoma) is known for having dust storms. The dust storms hindered Cora from seeking safety.

7. If the story occurred in Atlanta, the conflict may have been different. For example, increased population leads to more destruction and possible casualties. Remind students about the tornado that hit Atlanta on October 13, 2014.

ELACC7RL6: Analyze how an author develops and contrasts the points of view of different characters or narrators in a text.

8. The poem is told from Paul’s perspective and Leslie’s perspective. Student answers will vary.



Summarizing

9. See Performance Assessment Workbook and use Sum it Up! worksheet. This resource is on the WIKI under QPA 1.



ELACC7W2, 4 ,5, 10

  1. B

  2. D

  3. A

  4. D

  5. B

ELACC7L4: Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 7 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

b. Use context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

15. Innovative- to introduce something new of different. Evidence: she used washboard sink, modern elevators, and a heat controlled device to heat her shower.

16. drove all her employees crazy- aggravated. Evidence: “whims” means an odd notion or desire.

17. D


18. B

19. B


Author’s Purpose

20. to inform

21. to inform

22. to persuade



Context Clues

Antonym Synonym

23. answers will vary

24. answers will vary

25. answers will vary

26. answers will vary

27. answers will vary

28. band/ choir

29. wood winds

30. lazy, idle, inactive

31. perimeter

32. studio

33. petal



Wordiness/Redundancy

34. C


35. A

36. D


37. B

Denotation/Connotation

38. conversate: to talk; a. neutral; b. positive; c. negative

39. Answers might include: bullet points, bolded type, subheading, title, picture; Purpose-persuade

40. & 41. Review text structure



42-45. Review plot map and literary elements


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