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Kilgo's 5th Grade Question Stems
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Aligned with Reading Comprehension Skills
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5.1 (A)Balance fiction/literature with informative/expository text.
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5.2 (A)*In paragraph __ of this story, what does the word __mean? *What is the root word for the word in paragraph __ that means __?
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5.2 (B)*In paragraph __ of this story, what does the word __mean?
*What clues helped you know the meaning of the word __?
*In paragraph __ of this newspaper article, what clues help you know the meaning of __?
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5.2 (C)*What is an analogy for __?
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5.2 (D)Idiom: 1) an expression of a given language that is peculiar to itself grammatically or cannot be understood from the individual meanings of its elements, as “in keep tabs on”
2) a specialized vocabulary used by a group; jargon
3) a style or manner of expression peculiar to a given people
*Identify the idiom in this story and determine what it means.
Adage: A traditional saying; a proverb
*What does the adage __mean in this journal?
*Identify the adage in this story and determine what it means.
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5.2 (E)*Read the meanings for the word __below. Which meaning best fits the way __ is used in paragraph __? (Dictionary entry and 4 meanings given and students must use context clues to determine word meaning as used in the text selection.)
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5.3 (A)*What do the lessons in __ and __ have in common?
*What is a common theme in both of these stories?
*In comparing __ and __, what was the difference in the moral lessons in the two selections?
*A theme found in both stories is __.
*What is a major idea found in both stories?
*Which of these is an idea presented throughout both selections?
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5.3 (B)Phenomena: known or derived through the senses rather than the mind.
*What did __ sense that prevented a tragedy?
*How did __ know that he should go?
*What happened that caused __ to change his mind?
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5.3 (C)*The historical context of this story is important because —
*How does the author use an important historical event to guide events in this story?
*How does an event that happened in American history affect the overall theme of this story?
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5.4 (A)*How is the poet’s message in this poem enhanced by the repetition of a phrase over and over?
*The rhyme in this poem improves understanding of the poem’s message by —
*What sound effects does the poet use in this poem to focus on the poem’s message?
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5.5 (A)*How is the original story of __ different from the dramatic adaptation __?
*Which of the following is a significant difference between the play __ and the original story __?
*How are the play __ and the original story __ alike (different)?
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5.6 (A)*Why are paragraphs __ through __ important in this story?
*Why is paragraph __ important in this story?
*What event helps the reader predict what will happen next?
*The reader can tell that __ will __ because __.
*What happened when __?
*The reader can tell that __ will __ because __.
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5.6 (B)*What can you tell about __ and __?
*At the beginning of the story how does __ feel about __?
*How did __'s feelings about __ change by the end of the story?
*How does __ most likely feel at the end of the story?
*__ is irritated with __ in paragraph __ because –
*What was __’s role in the argument?
*How did __ help to solve the conflict?
*What was an important role for __ in this story?
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5.6 (C)*In this story, how did the author learn about what happened to __?
*The author tells this story from whose viewpoint?
*This story is told from the viewpoint of __.
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5.7 (A)*In paragraph __the __symbolizes __.
*In paragraph __, the author states that “__” to help the reader understand –
*Why does the author describe __ as “__?”
*Read this sentence from paragraph. What does the author mean by this line?
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5.8 (A)*The phrase "__" is important because –
*When the author used the words “__,” what was the impact to the reader?
*What was the author’s purpose in using the phrase "__"?
*What did the phrase "__" in paragraph __ mean?
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5.10 (A)*What conclusion can the reader draw from the information presented by this author?
*Did the author accomplish the purpose he stated at the beginning of this informative article?
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5.11 (A)*This article is mostly about –
*What is the main idea of this information?
*What are the four most important facts in this information? (Sorting important facts from unimportant facts leads to an accurate summary.)
*Which of these is the most complete summary of this information?
*Which of these is the most complete summary with the accurate order of the information in the article?
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5.11 (B)*Which of the following is a fact in this selection and how are you certain it is a fact?
*How do you know that __ is a fact in this article?
*What information in this selection is presented as a fact?
What would cause you to change your mind about a fact you identified not being a fact?
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5.11 (C)*How did the author show that __ and __ have many features in common? (classification schemes)
*From information in this selection, how are __ and __ alike (or different)? (compare-and-contrast)
*Why was the order of the events in this newspaper order so important? (sequence)
*The reader can conclude __ about the effect of __ because – (cause-and-effect)
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5.11 (D)*How would you find __ in this information?
*Which of the following would be helpful in finding information about __?
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5.11 (E)*One similarity between both selections is that both show –
*One idea presented in both of these selections is –
*Which detail in __’s letter shows he felt the same way about __ as the __ in the newspaper article?
*Why was the __ mentioned in both articles?
*What do __ and __ have in common?
*Use Venn diagrams to compare and contrast ideas across two or three texts.
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5.12 (A)**Parallelism: The use of identical syntactic constructions in corresponding phrases or clauses.
**Comparison: A statement or estimate of similarities and differences.
**Causality: The principal of or the relationship between cause and effect
**Source: The American Heritage College Dictionary, Fourth Edition
*How did the author of this selection revealed his viewpoint in the argument? (Reader has to identify a comparison, cause-and-effect statements, or parallel statements.)
*The author’s position on __ is __.
*The author compared __ to __ to support his position in the argument.
*What phrase did the author use to reinforce his position in the argument?
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5.12 (B)*Which statement by the author seems to be an exaggeration of the facts in this selection?
*What text evidence proves that the author contradicted his earlier statements in this selection?
*How did the author try to mislead the reader?
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5.13 (A)*In conducting this science experiment, what do you do after __?
*In conducting this science experiment, what do you do before __?
*What equipment do we need for this science experiment?
*When making __, what is the last step to follow?
*Complete this task by following these steps.
*If __ happens while making this __, what should you do?
*List the steps in a procedure you would follow to make __.
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5.13 (B)*What is a conclusion that can be made from the information in this graph?
*What can you conclude about __from this chart?
*How does the illustration included in this selection help the reader understand __?
*What information in the map is invaluable to the __?
*What conclusion can you draw from the map?
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5.14 (A)*Read this advertisement in the newspaper and develop it for television.
*Watch this advertisement on television and explain how the message could be written for the Internet.
*How could this message be presented on a television news program (online, etc.)?
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5.14 (B)*Watch this advertisement on television and explain how it could be developed for the Internet.
*How could this information be presented on a television news program?
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5.14 (C)*How does the narrator of __ feel about __?
*Which person on the panel supports __?
*What is the point of view of __ about __?
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5.14 (D)*Is this information on the web presented formally or informally? Explain your answer.
*What would be a more formal way of presenting this information?
*Why are text messages considered informal communication?
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5 RCS (A)*What was the author’s purpose in writing this article?
*What is the most likely reason the author wrote this article?
*You can tell that the author wrote this story to-
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5 RCS (B)*What happened when __ did __? (literal)
*What did the author mean by this sentence: “__”? (interpretive)
*Which way did __ express his anger the best? (evaluative)
*Which of the following two sentences help you the most to understand the information? (evaluative)
*How is the information in the article important to the world? (universal)
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5 RCS (C)*Reread to find out why __ is important.
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5 RCS (D)*According to the selection – (conclusion)
*You can tell from the story that –
*Which sentence in the story tells you that –
*From this article the reader can tell that –
*What information in this article supports the conclusion that __?
*What can you conclude about __?
*One conclusion that can be made about __ is –
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5 RCS (E)*Summarize the four most important facts in this article.
*Which is the most complete summary of this information?
*Summarize the three most important facts in this information in the order these facts were presented.
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5 RCS (F)*What is a major idea found in both selections?
*An idea presented in both the article and the biography is –
*The story and the article both present ideas about –
*Why was __mentioned in both the newspaper article and the story with the journal?
*What is a theme in both selections?
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