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  1. Elisa’s Diary Comprehension Questions and Stemming Practice Grade 5, Lesson 5 Created by: M. Christoff, Enrichment Specialist, Field Local Schools

  2. Why might Elisa be writing in a diary? • because she wants to record events in her life and • make sense our of her feelings about them. • Elisa is writing in a diary …

  3. When did Elisa’s grandmother give her the squirrel figurine? • at the end of her first visit to the United States. • She gave Elisa the figurine …

  4. Elisa enjoyed her first visit to the United States. How does she feel about being there now? • sad about moving to the United States. • She misses Puerto Rico. • Elisa is …

  5. What is the conflict between Elisa and her brother? • Her brother is open to all the changes he is going through in his new home. • Their different feelings cause tension between them. • Elisa has a • negative view of being in the United States.

  6. How does the author use language to set the tone? • such as • “unbearable,” • “afraid,” and • “crazy” • which sets a frustrated tone. • The author uses words…

  7. How does the author describe Elisa’s problem? • by explaining to her brother that she feels lonely and afraid • because she can’t speak or understand spoken English well. • The author has Elisa describe her own problem…

  8. Using text details on pp. 126-127, what can you infer is the main message of this part of the story? • that you must make an effort to overcome your fear. • Elisa’s brother tries to help her by suggesting ways she can learn English. • The main theme of pages 126-127 is….

  9. Why does Elisa write that she thinks she will “like this school after all”? • she meets a student from Guatemala who is sad and quiet, and thinks she may have found a friend. • Elisa decides that she will “like this school after all” because:

  10. Why does Elisa call her classmates opponents? • she feels like she is competing with them to give the right answer. • Elisa calls her classmates “opponents” because …

  11. What are the details that help you visualize the quetzal that Jose describes? • soft feathers, • green crest, • red chest, • gorgeous bird, • and the illustration on page 129. • The details used to describe and help the reader visualize the quetzal include….

  12. What has made Elisa smile for the first time since classes started? • she feels that she has done something to feel good about. She received a “A” on her composition. • Elisa smiled for the first time since classes started because…

  13. What can you infer about Elisa’s and Jose’s plan to help each other with their English skills? them overcome fear of new things by working with someone else to solve the problem. • I think that Elisa’s and Jose’s plan will help…

  14. What do you think Elisa learned about dealing with new situations? are easier to deal with when you have another person to help you. • I think Elisa learned that new situations…

  15. How does Elisa’s introduction to “the joining of forces” show the lesson she learned when she was a student? • that she has learned to overcome fear in new situations. • She shares her story of a first day in a new school. • Elisa’s introduction to “the joining of forces” shows ...

  16. Why might she want to share the story with her students? • she wants her students to discover that they can work with others to overcome their fears. • Elisa shares this story with her students because …