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Comprehension: Compare and Contrast and Fluency Comprehension Passage and Questions

Read the passage. Use the visualize strategy to help you form mental images as you read.


SMART START

Normally the cafeteria was so noisy you couldn’t hear a tray drop. But now, Alex’s footsteps echoed across the huge room. There were a few other students in the cafeteria, all avoiding eye contact with one another. Alex’s backpack landed with a thud on the table. He was here after school for his first session in “Smart Start,” a program offering free tutoring for students. Alex wondered whom the school thought they were fooling with their opposite-name trick. Smart Start meant “Stupid Forever.”
Alex had been sentenced to Smart Start for math. His parents, already worried about his grades, were even more concerned because the Statewide Math Aptitude Test was approaching. Math had always been torture for Alex. To make matters worse, his little sister had advanced and was taking the same math subject as he, despite being almost two years younger. Alex unearthed the crumpled registration form and began to fidget with it, a nervous habit of his. Absentmindedly, he folded over the strip with
his name on it repeatedly, scoring it until there was a sharp crease. Next, he tore the strip off, holding the page against the edge of the table. What remained was a nearly perfect square—ideal for one of Alex’s favorite pastimes: origami. He began folding one of the common origami patterns, the bird base. Using his thumbnail to form the sharp creases, Alex created a triangle, and added some petal folds. Soon the bird base was complete, and he was partway into making the crane. He didn’t hear the footsteps of the person approaching his table. “You must be Alex. I’m Sophia,” announced the girl, extending her hand. Startled, Alex quickly shoved his folded paper aside. Sophia continued, “I’m in
eighth grade. Tell me a little bit about yourself. What do you like to do?” “Anything but math!” Alex replied. “Well, I guess that’s why you’re here,” Sophia said with a laugh. “I used to hate math, too,” she offered. Alex knew that Sophia was making an effort to put him at ease, so he asked politely, “What made you start to like it?” “Believe it or not, I think it was marching band. I realized that counting beats and tracking measures is all about math. Hey, what’s that you’re hiding?” she
teased, tugging at his folded form. Quickly, Alex folded and creased, his hands a whirl. “Ta-da—a crane!” he proclaimed, presenting the transformed shape. “That’s awesome,” said Sophia. “Do you mind if I take it apart?” Alex shrugged, and Sophia carefully unfolded each step of the crane. Sophia looked excited about the wrinkled sheet. “Don’t you see? What you have here is most of your math course, right in front of you!” She flattened the paper out with the palm of her hand. “Do your first fold,” she commanded. “You began with a square, and created two rectangles. You have a fraction, too: one half! Fold it again. Now you have four quarters.” Sophia pointed to the top fold.
“What fraction does this flap represent?” “One quarter?” Alex responded. “Duh! Obviously, right? Get out some more paper, and let’s do some geometry!” If math tutoring was going to be origami, Alex thought, maybe it would be a Smart Start after all.


A. Reread the passage and answer the questions.

1. At the beginning of the story, what is Alex’s attitude toward math tutoring and the Smart Start group?
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2. In the middle of the story, what does Alex start to make? What is his attitude toward this pastime?
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3. What does Sophia show Alex about math and origami?
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4. At the end of the story, what is Alex’s attitude toward Smart Start?
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How is his attitude similar to or different from his attitude at the beginning?
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Compare and Contrast and Fluency Activity

B. Work with a partner. Read the passage aloud. Pay attention to expression and phrasing. Stop after one minute. Fill out the chart.

Words Read
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Words Correct
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