1. Summarize text 1, “A New Start.” When summarizing, remember to: • write about the main idea • include carefully selected details that link to the main idea • use the text structure in your response • keep your summary brief • write about the ideas in the text, not your own opinions.
2. In “A New Start,” notice line 54, near the end of the text: As John F. Kennedy once said, “There were probably as many reasons for coming to America as there were people who came.” In a few sentences, explain how this part fits with the four paragraphs that come before it in the text. When writing about how part(s) of a text fit with others, remember to: • explain why the part is important • explain how the part fits with the rest of the text.
3. What is the point of view of text 2? Why is
When writing about point of view, remember to:
• name the point of view (is it firsthand or
• write about how the point of view affects
how information is presented.
4. Both texts teach about an important
subtopic—the inspection process at Ellis
Island. Explain briefly what these texts teach
about the inspection process at Ellis Island.
When synthesizing, remember to:
• focus on the subtopic
• include information from each text that fits
with this subtopic
• organize information into categories (if
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Reading History: The American Revolution
Grade 4: Nonfiction, Unit 3
Readers, today you will read two texts to learn more about Ellis Island. People who wanted to
move to America in the late 1800s through the early 1900s often came to America through Ellis
Island. Read text 1 and answer questions 1 and 2 on a separate piece of paper. Then read text
2 and answer questions 3 and 4 on the same sheet as your other answers.
Readers, today you will read a story called “Blizzard.” After you read the story, you will be asked
to stop and answer a few questions. Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper.
2. Mr. Dewitt has strong opinions about the new
foreigners and the neighborhood they live in. How
would you describe Mr. Dewitt’s perspective?
When writing about perspective, remember to:
• write about how the character feels about
something important in the story
• explain how the character’s life experience or role
affects his feelings.
3. Reread lines 30–33 from the story.
Pushing himself through the storm, Thomas came to
places where snow drifts towered over his head. Four
separate times the wind blew him into snow banks.
Worry kept him going, though—worry about Pop
losing his job.
Why might the author have included this part?
4. Identify a theme that seems important in the story
“Blizzard,” and explain which details best develop that
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