READINGRead the following passage about a song for the Earth. Then answer the question thatfollows. Earth Song By D. A. Tony Ciango One Star was painting the story on a plains. Their machines polluted the air, buffalo hide when I met him. He was an and their waste was thrown into the once old man now, and he wanted to record clean rivers and streams. the tale while his memory was still sharp. The new people hunted for food, which the owl understood. But they also He invited me to sit beside him, and I hunted for sport, which the owl did not watched and listened as the old man told understand. As the new people grew in me about the Earth Song. number, the number of owls shrank. They were forced to look for new homes One Star had been a young chief in unfamiliar lands. Nesting places were when the owl and the wolf came to him scarce, and food was harder to find. in a dream, and the song they had sung Some could not adapt to the changing was a sad one. ways and were never to be seen flying on the earth again. The owl was the first to appear. He sang of a time when the skies were clear Then the wolf appeared and his song and the air was pure. A time when his echoed the owls. His clan had also been kind could nest in the tall pines of the forced to retreat from the new people. great forests that stretched for as far as They went into the foothills of the the eye could see. A time when food was mountains and had to roam far from plentiful and his family could soar and their dens in search of food. They were hunt above the wide open plains forever. feared, misunderstood, and hunted. The wolves that were once called the The owl sang of a beautiful land protectors of women were cast away where cool clean water glided from from their homelands by the new people. magnificent mountains into lush green valleys. The creatures of the air had The owl and the wolf ended their prospered in this land. Generation after song by asking One Star what they generation had raised their young and might have done that had upset the thanked the Creator for this place. Creator and caused him to treat them so. The young chief had no answer for them. But all that had changed. He knew their troubles, because his tribe had walked a similar path. One Star had The new people had come, and they listened to the elders of the tribe speak of had cleared the dense forests for times of freedom and plenty. When man materials to build their own wooden and beast shared the earth in harmony, nests, which now covered the flowing and were caretakers of the land, not
raiders of it. One Star could not give the owl andthe wolf an answer, but he did makethem a promise. He swore to sing theirsong to all he met. To tell everyone ofthe importance of keeping naturesbalance, and try to bring man and beastand earth together again in one caringfamily, as it was meant to be. One Star isgone now. But his message, the EarthSong, is still in the air for all to hear andnotice. Reprinted by permission of the author.
READINGA.1.5.1What did the owl sing in his song to One Star? Use at least three details from the passage tosupport your response.
READINGRead the following passage about childrens author Dr. Seuss. Then answer the questionthat follows. About Dr. Seuss Theodor Geisel spent his lifetime to publish it for him under the name Dr. dreaming about different creatures and Seuss. Seuss was his mothers name silly ways to name them. At first, his before she got married. goal was to make people laugh. Then, he turned his talents toward teaching young In May 1954, Geisel heard about children to read. Today, he is known all children having trouble learning to read. over the world as Dr. Seuss. There was a large number of illiterate children. He thought it was because their Geisel lived in Massachusetts as a school books were boring. Geisel sent child in the early 1900s. He used to draw his publisher a list of 400 words he pictures all over his schoolbooks when thought children should learn. Nine he was little. His parents were afraid he months later, he used 220 of those words had too much of a creative imagination. in The Cat in the Hat. The book was He went to college in New Hampshire. instantly a success! He was planning to be a professor. He could not keep his mind off of teaching. Geisel started a group of books called He went to school in England and met Beginner Books. He wrote and Helen Palmer. They married and moved illustrated many of them, sometimes back to the United States. He worked in under the name Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss advertising for 15 years. He wrote and published 48 books that have been illustrated an alphabet book for children translated into 20 different languages. in his spare time. Geisel thought the He is the best-selling childrens author of book was exciting, but publishing all time. companies turned him down. Geisel stopped writing for several years Geisel died in September 1991. He because he was so unhappy about his left a wonderful tradition of books and project. characters he created. Over 60 years after his first book was published, Dr. In 1936, Geisel decided to travel. His Seuss titles are still very popular. trip influenced him to write his first Captain Kangaroo said, "He tried to book. The book was called And to Think emphasize strong values that both I Saw it on Mulberry Street. He showed children and adults should have in this it to 43 publishing companies. All of world." them rejected it. In 1937, he got a friend
READINGA.2.4.1Explain Geisel’s attempts to become a published writer. Use at least three details from thepassage to support your response.
READINGRead the following passage about animals who did not think. Then answer the questionthat follows. They Didnt Think By Phoebe Cary Once a trap was baited With a piece of cheese; It tickled so a little mouse, It almost made him sneeze. An old rat said, "Theres a danger, Be careful where you go! "Nonsense!" said the other, "I dont think you know!" So he walked in boldly— Nobody in sight— First he took a nibble, Then he took a bite; Close the trap together Snapped as quick as wink, Catching mousey fast there, Cause he didnt think. Once there was a robin, Lived outside the door, Who wanted to go inside And hop upon the floor. "No, no," said the mother, "You must stay with me; Little birds are safest Sitting in a tree." "I dont care," said Robin, And gave his tail a fling, "I dont think the old folks Know quite everything." Down he flew, and kitty seized him Before hed time to blink; "Oh," he cried, "Im sorry, But I just didnt think."
READINGB.1.1.1Give at least two similarities and one difference between the little mouse and the little robin. Usedetails from the passage to support your response.