TCAP Success Grade 3 ELA Chapter 1

TCAP Success Grade 3 ELA Chapter 1 Sample

You will read a passage. Then you will decide which part of the story each paragraph is. Write the letter of the story part in the blank after each question.

A. resolution

B. rising action

C. introduction

D. climax

E. conflict

F. falling action

"The Crow and the Pitcher" adapted from a fable by Aesop

1 There was a crow in the forest. He had been wandering for days. He could not find water. The creek had dried up, and he was very thirsty.

2 Then he came upon a pitcher. Someone had left it outside, and it had caught some rainwater. But when the crow put his beak into the mouth of the pitcher, he could not reach the bottom where the water was.

3 He tried, and he tried. He knew that if he did not get water, he would die of thirst. Maybe he could tip the pitcher…but no, that would spill the water. Maybe he could peck through the side of the pitcher. No, the pitcher was too hard. What could he do?

4 As he was about to give up, he had a brilliant thought. Maybe there is another way to get at the water! He picked up a pebble and dropped it into the water. Then he picked up more pebbles and dropped them in one by one. As they settled on the bottom of the pitcher, the water rose toward the mouth of the pitcher!

5 Finally, the water was up high enough that the crow could reach it. He drank and drank. His thirst was gone. His bright idea had saved his life.

6 The crow learned a valuable lesson that day. Many times, a problem can be solved little by little if you take the time to think about the best solution.

1 pt

Now think of all the parts of the fable put together. What is the theme of this story?

Adapted from Little Philippe of Belgium by Madeline Brandeis

1 Philippe was now old enough to drive the dog-cart to market alone. He went each day, with Baby Rose perched on top of the vegetables, laughing and gurgling with joy. All the way to town, Philippe sang with his little sister. When they reached the market, he set the baby upon the counter. […]

2 Philippe’s puppy, Trompke (tromp-key) came to town with them today. Trompke loved Philippe. Today was the first time he had been allowed to follow the cart to the town market. He was wild with excitement.

3 "Stop barking, Trompke!" said Philippe, as he arranged the vegetables on the stand.

4 "Lie down, Trompke," cried Baby Rose. And Trompke lay at the baby’s feet.

5 Just then Philippe noticed someone in the booth next to their own. This booth had not been used for a very long time. […]

6 Philippe smiled at the man, who was staring at the two children. Then the man looked down at the puppy, which was whining unhappily at Philippe’s feet.

7 "Keep him quiet," said the man angrily.

8 Philippe answered, "He means no harm. He is only excited. It’s his first trip to town."

9 The man did not answer but turned toward his vegetables. Philippe was puzzled. He had never before met anyone like his neighbor.

10 The man wore ragged clothes, and his face was sunburned. His eyes were coal black and seemed to flash fire. He had a wild look about him. He was tall and moved like a cat. Suddenly he leaned over toward Philippe.

11 "Keep that dog quiet, will you?" he snarled. The man’s flashing eyes gleamed as he replied, "He keeps the people away. Nobody has come to buy at the booths yet. It is the fault of that dog."

12 Philippe could only smile at such stupidity. To think that a little whining dog could keep people away! But the man seemed nervous…

13 Philippe looked down at the man’s vegetables. For the first time he noticed that they were not fresh. They were wilted and stale.

14 "It is no wonder the people do not buy," thought Philippe. But he felt sorry, nevertheless. When the crowd had left, and the selling was over, he turned to the man.

15 "I am sorry," he said. "But—"

16 Philippe was going to tell him that people will not buy stale vegetables. But the man interrupted him.

17 "Thank you, but I do not need your advice," he said.

1 pt

What is the setting of this story?

1 pt

Which two paragraphs support the answer to Part A?


What is the theme of this story?

1 pt

Which three words best describe the man?