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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 5

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 6. Determine important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective d. Summarize

Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this passage from 'Captain Kate', a novel that takes place during the Civil War. Kate and Seth must take the family canal boat to Washington City to sell a load of coal. Then answer the following.

Write a summary of the first section from Captain Kate. In your response, make sure that you record events from the beginning, middle, and end of the passage. Write your response on the lines below.


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