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Midnight Heroine by Su Montour. 7 Which sentence explains why Kate went off into the night? A. Her mother urged her to help Old Number 11. B. She saw lightning strike Honey Creek Bridge. C. Her father was on the Midnight Express. D. She heard a crash and cries for help.

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Midnight Heroine

by Su Montour

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7 Which sentence explains why Kate went off into the night?

  • A. Her mother urged her to help Old Number 11.
  • B. She saw lightning strike Honey Creek Bridge.
  • C. Her father was on the Midnight Express.
  • D. She heard a crash and cries for help.

LA07: Make connections (cause and effect) within a text (Reading GLE 2.3.1)

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8 What are two differences between the Midnight Express and Old Number 11? Include information from the selection in your answer.

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LA06: Compare and contrast elements of text (Reading GLEs 2.3.1, 2.4.6)

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Text-based differences may include, but are not limited to:

Pusher engine / helps trains up steep curves / inspects the tracks / sent out during storms / passenger train / carries passengers / people from place to place

Two men / brakeman and engineer / hundreds of people / many

Fell / crashed / got stopped / didn’t crash

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8 What are two differences between the Midnight Express and Old Number 11? Include information from the selection in your answer.

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B. “…Midnight express was the train that hauled many people.”

A. “…old Number 11 was the train that went out to see if the railroads were okey to ride on them.”

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8 What are two differences between the Midnight Express and Old Number 11? Include information from the selection in your answer.

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A. “…old number 11 was the pusher.”

C. “…old number 11 crashed though the bridge.”

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8 What are two differences between the Midnight Express and Old Number 11? Include information from the selection in your answer.

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A. “…Old number 11 helps other trains like push them up steep hills.”

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8 What are two differences between the Midnight Express and Old Number 11? Include information from the selection in your answer.

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This response is a 0. This response does not contain specific text-based details.

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9 What is the meaning of the word illuminating in paragraph 12 of

  • the selection?
  • A. Knocking over
  • B. Sliding over
  • C. Lighting up
  • D. Breaking up

LC04: Interpret vocabulary critical to the meaning of the text (Reading GLE 1.3.2)

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10 Based on the selection, what conclusion could you draw about Kate’s actions? Provide three examples from the selection to support your conclusion.

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LT10: Extend information beyond text (make generalizations beyond the text to a broader idea or concept, draw conclusions, or apply information to other texts or situations) (Reading GLEs 2.4.1, 2.4.5)

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Reasonable conclusions may include, but are not limited to:

Kate is brave.

Kate cares about others.

Kate’s actions are risky.

Kate’s actions are very heroic.

Text-based examples may include, but are not limited to:

Kate was fifteen

She loved the trains / knew the train schedules by heart / told her mom The Midnight Express might be late

Heard the cries for help / heard the crash

Kate pleaded for a chance to help the downed engine / mother asked Kate to stay inside

Went out on a stormy night / went out on a dark night / Kate followed the cries for help / went alone

She spotted the two men in the water / Kate knew she wouldn’t be able to save them alone

She remembered the Midnight Express

She had to cross the long bridge / when she reached the bridge she suddenly slipped and fell

Kate did not stop when the lantern broke and went out / Kate did not stop when the night became suddenly very dark and frightening / couldn’t see where see was going / crawled blindly

Rain and wind lashed her face

She could easily fall through and be swept away

A tree almost hit her / she was sprayed with mud and foam

Crawled on the bridge / inching across the bridge / clutched the rails / her skirt tore on the railroad bridge / crossed the bridge / ran to the station

“Stop the Express!” she exclaimed

Kate fell to the floor / she fainted

Told about the two survivors of Engine Number 11

Guided volunteers (rescuers) to the survivors of the Number 11 / saved men of Engine Number 11

Awarded with a gold medal

Awarded a long gold chain

Awarded a free train pass for life

Received awards

Trains stopped at her house when she wanted to ride

They named a bridge after Kate

She risked her life to save the Midnight Express / she risked her life to save the men of Engine Number 11

Scoring Note: If a response receives points for R, S, or T, it does not also receive a point for U.

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10 Based on the selection, what conclusion could you draw about Kate’s actions? Provide three examples from the selection to support your conclusion.

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This response receives full credit by stating a reasonable conclusion that could be made about Kate’s actions:

“…a very brave girl…”

And by providing three text-based examples for support:

E. “…she went out into the night…”

I. “…she kept on going when the lamp broke and it was dark.”

M. “…she went accrose the broken bridge.”

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10 Based on the selection, what conclusion could you draw about Kate’s actions? Provide three examples from the selection to support your conclusion.

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This response receives partial credit by stating a reasonable conclusion that could be made

about Kate’s actions:

“…Kate’s actions are dangerous.”

And by providing two text-based examples for support:

L. “…the tree came hurling toward her.”

X. “…she would put her life on the Line to save other People’s Lives.”

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10 Based on the selection, what conclusion could you draw about Kate’s actions? Provide three examples from the selection to support your conclusion.

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This response receives partial credit by stating at least one reasonable conclusion that could be made about Kate’s actions:

“Kate was obviously brave…”

“She was helpful…”

“Kate was probably nice…”

And by providing one text-based example for support:

X. “…she risked her life to save 2 men.”

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10 Based on the selection, what conclusion could you draw about Kate’s actions? Provide three examples from the selection to support your conclusion.

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This response receives partial credit by stating at least one reasonable conclusion that could be made about Kate’s actions:

“…Kate is very brave…”

“Kate was also very kind…”

“…Kate is very helpful…”

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10 Based on the selection, what conclusion could you draw about Kate’s actions? Provide three examples from the selection to support your conclusion.

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This response is a 0. This response does not contain specific text-based details that answer the question.

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11 Which sentence best summarizes this selection?

  • A. Kate received awards for her efforts.
  • B. Trapped survivors were rescued by volunteers.
  • C. Wooden bridges were easily destroyed in storms.
  • D. Kate became a hero by risking her life to save others.

LC02: Summarize with evidence from the reading (Reading GLE 2.1.7)

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12 Was it a good decision for Kate’s mother to let her go out alone that night? Provide two details from the selection to support your answer.

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LT09: Evaluate reasoning and ideas/themes related to the text (Reading GLE 2.4.1, 2.4.5)

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Text-based details may include, but are not limited to:

Yes or No

Kate was fifteen

Thunderstorm / lightning / weather was bad / very dark and frightening

Kate loved the trains / she knew their schedules by heart

Heard cries for help / heard the loud hiss of steam / heard Engine Number 11 crash

Kate pleaded for a chance to help the downed engine

Her mother lit the lantern and gave it to Kate

Kate traveled a familiar path / she knew the way to the station / she knew her way to the creek

She spotted the two men in the water / she found the two men / Kate knew she wouldn’t be able to save the trapped men alone

She reached the bridge and suddenly slipped / fell on the wet railroad ties / she could easily fall through and be swept away (drown in the creek)

The lantern banged against the wood, broke (went out)

Rain and wind lashed her face

She could have been hit by the huge tree

She was sprayed with mud (foam)

She tore her skirt

Made it to the station / “Stop the Express!” she exclaimed / “Honey Creek Bridge is out!”

Pale and exhausted Kate fell to the floor / she fainted

The Midnight Express had already been stopped

Told about the two survivors / guided the rescuers down a path to the stranded brakeman and engineer / she saved the two men

She was a hero

Awarded a gold medal

Awarded a long gold chain

Awarded a free train pass for life

Received awards

A bridge was named after Kate

Trains stopped at her house when she wanted to ride

She risked her life / she could have died

Scoring Note: If a response receives points for T, U, or V, it does not also receive a point for W.

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12 Was it a good decision for Kate’s mother to let her go out alone that night? Provide two details from the selection to support your answer.

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R. “…those two people could have died…”

H. “…she would have never seen those men…”

Z. “…she…risked her life to go to the train station.”

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12 Was it a good decision for Kate’s mother to let her go out alone that night? Provide two details from the selection to support your answer.

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X. “…she got a bridge named after her.”

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12 Was it a good decision for Kate’s mother to let her go out alone that night? Provide two details from the selection to support your answer.

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This response is a 0. This response does not use specific text-based details.

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13 What is the author’s purpose for writing this selection?

  • A. To describe the heroic actions of a teen
  • B. To tell about the effect of storms on trains
  • C. To inform the reader about trains in the last century
  • D. To persuade the reader to rescue people from danger

LT08: Analyze author’s purpose and evaluate effectiveness for different audiences (includes fact/opinion, author’s point of view, tone, and use of persuasive devices) (Reading GLEs 2.4.2, 2.4.3, 2.4.4)