English Language Arts 5th Grade GLCE Benchmark Assessment Project

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English Language Arts
         5th Grade GLCE
  Benchmark Assessment Project

The following assessment uses the Fall 2005 ELA
MEAP released items from the Grade 6 test.
These items cover the Grade 5 Grade Level
Content Expectations for English Language Arts.
Not all GLCEs are included in the assessment.
Some question numbers and directions have been
edited for our testing purposes.

This assessment is available for use with the
Classroom Performance System (CPS). If you are
using the CPS to score your assessments, the
student writing samples are to be graded using the
rubrics created for use with CPS.

This project put together by:
Manistee ISD
Mason-Lake ISD
Oceana ISD
Calhoun ISD
ELA - 5th grade GLCEs                                                   Released Items Fall 2005


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be sent to schools and districts. To receive paper copies of the prompts, please send an
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   "Joy Ride" Reprinted with permission of Pleasant Company Publications from
   American Girl, LLC.

   "Lessons in Baseball" by Chick Moorman. From Where The Heart Is: Stories of
   Home and Family by Chick Moorman. Personal Power Press.

   "Sarah Bagley, Fighter for Rights," from COBBLESTONE's March 2001 issue: The Mill
   Girls: From Farm to Factory,  2001, Cobblestone Publishing Company, 30 Grove
   Street, Suite C, Peterborough, NH 03458. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted by permission
   of Carus Publishing Company and the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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You will read two selections and answer the multiple-choice questions
that follow each selection. You will then answer some questions that will ask you
to think about both of the selections. You may look back at these two selections as
often as needed.

You may underline, highlight, or write notes in this booklet to help you, but you
must mark all of your answers in your Answer Folder.

You may not use any resource materials (dictionaries, grammar books, spelling
books, etc.) for any part of this test.

When you have finished Part 1A, STOP.

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DIRECTIONS:        Read the selection "Joy Ride." Choose the best answer for each
                   question. You may look back at the selection as often as needed.

"Joy Ride"
Questions 18

1   The author writes, "But just three years ago, living out that dream seemed
    impossible." From studying the word impossible, readers can tell that the prefix im-

    A    again.

    B    before.

    C    not.

    D    very.

2   The author probably wrote this selection for which audience?

    A    people starting a Ride to Pride program in their state

    B    doctors who need to understand the troubles of their patients

    C    young people who may share some of Anna's worries or problems

    D    young people who want to learn how to train for the rodeo

3   What is the best summary of this selection?

    A    The Ride to Pride program helps young people with problems by pairing them
         with horses. Riding the horses and caring for them helps teach these young
         people about patience and respect. Young people learn a lot from Ride to Pride.

    B    Anna was a young girl struggling with the loss of her foot from an accident when
         she learned about Ride to Pride. Through Ride to Pride, Anna learned to ride
         horses and become a rodeo rider. This helped her gain strength, self-confidence,
         pride, and a better understanding of herself.

    C    Having a problem can make a young person feel different from his or her peers,
         and less confident as a result. For these young people, finding an activity that
         they are good at helps build self-confidence.

    D    Riding horses is an activity enjoyed by many people throughout the world.
         Riding horses takes physical skills, such as strength, and emotional skills, such
         as patience. Anna had both these skills. For a horseback rider, building these
         skills can result in an increased sense of self-confidence.

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