Evidence & Inference
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by Lauren LaScala
| 3 Questions
Note from the author:
RL5.1 Formative Assessment
1
1 pt
What should you do when you cite evidence from a text?
discuss your thinking with a peer and change your answers if you need to
quote the author's words directly from the text
make think marks and notes in the margins of the text
make sure the evidence you choose can answer question
rewrite as much of the passage as you can so you know you've answered the question.
2
1 pt
Read the following excerpt:
Tommy and Jack were standing on the edge of Jack’s tree house, which had a lot of uses. Sometimes it was a submarine. Sometimes it was a spaceship. Sometimes it was just a tree house. That afternoon, it was serving as a pirate ship. They had been pirates all afternoon, and everything was going fine until Tommy made the mistake of criticizing his captain. Jack was always the captain, since this was his tree house. And Captain Jack’s number one rule was that the crew must never question his orders.
So when the Captain ordered his first mate to hand over three chocolate chip cookies, Tommy was supposed to do so without complaint. But chocolate chip cookies were his favorite. He’d suffered through a whole boring bologna sandwich to get to them, and now that he was finished, Jack wanted to take them away. Tommy didn’t care who was the captain. He stuffed all three cookies into his mouth and chewed as fast as he could. And so Captain Jack sentenced him to walk the plank.
Read closely:

So when the Captain ordered his first mate to hand over three chocolate chip cookies, Tommy was supposed to do so without complaint. But chocolate chip cookies were his favorite. He’d suffered through a whole boring bologna sandwich to get to them, and now that he was finished, Jack wanted to take them away. Tommy didn’t care who was the captain. He stuffed all three cookies into his mouth and chewed as fast as he could.

Based on this evidence, what conclusion can you draw about how Tommy felt?

Tommy felt a little sad, but thought Captain Jack was being fair.
Tommy felt annoyed and thought Captain Jack’s order was unfair.
Tommy felt calm, but thought Captain Jack’s order was unfair.
Tommy felt neutral and did not mind that Captain Jack wanted the cookies.
3
1 pt
Read the following excerpt:

So when the Captain ordered his first mate to hand over three chocolate chip cookies, Tommy was supposed to do so without complaint. But chocolate chip cookies were his favorite. He’d suffered through a whole boring bologna sandwich to get to them, and now that he was finished, Jack wanted to take them away. Tommy didn’t care who was the captain. He stuffed all three cookies into his mouth and chewed as fast as he could. And so Captain Jack sentenced him to walk the plank.

“I’m getting tired of waiting, Mister Tommy. Walllllk the plank!”

Tommy looked at the ground. They had jumped out of the tree house tons of times, but it was easy when you had a running start. It would be harder to just walk into thin air. He could see why Robert Louis Stevenson thought this would be a scary thing. There was no way out. Unless…what would a pirate do?

Tommy didn’t hesitate. He spun around as fast as he could and kicked his leg into the air. Jack’s sword went flying, and before Jack knew what had happened, Tommy leapt onto the sword. He popped up and pointed it at Jack’s back. “Yaaargh!”

“What are you doing?” whined Jack.

“This is a mutiny! I’m the captain now. And I say that you have to walllllk the plank!”

Explain why Tommy decides to become the captain and orders Jack to walk the plank. Support your answer with evidence from the text.
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