TCAP Success Grade 3 ELA Chapter 4

TCAP Success Grade 3 ELA Chapter 4 Sample

Passage 1

President Lincoln’s speech makes a good point about slavery. It’s always been a part of life in the Confederate states, so I had never thought of it as being evil before. Now I understand why it is so important for our soldiers to be fighting in the Civil War. I hope our boys are able to free all of the slaves and bring the country back together.

Passage 2

When the Union troops came through our town in Tennessee, we lost everything. They broke up our furniture for firewood. They set fire to our crops and destroyed our house. But we have never owned slaves. No one in our family is in the Confederate army. Why did they have to do this to us? I hope the Civil War ends peacefully before this happens to anyone else.

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How are these passages most different?

The Water Cycle

1 Clouds form when there is water in the sky. Water from the ground gets pulled back up into the sky. This is called evaporation.


2 Evaporation is when a liquid changes to a gas form. Water becomes vapor. This happens faster in warmer places. For example, think about a cup of water standing on a table. It might take a week or two for all the water to evaporate. But you could boil the same amount of water in a pot on the stove. It would turn to vapor in minutes.


3 Plants get water from the soil. The water moves from the roots up to the stems. It winds up in the leaves. From the leaves, some of the water evaporates into the air. Where there are many plants and trees, like in forests, a large amount of water transpires into the air.


4 When the water cools, it becomes clouds. This is called condensation. Clouds are made of tiny droplets of water. When they gather in the sky, you can see the droplets in the form of clouds.

Types of Clouds

5 Stratus clouds are very thick. They are flat clouds that stay close to the ground. If stratus clouds touch the ground, they are known as fog.

6 Cumulus clouds are big, white, and puffy. They are not very high in the sky. When these clouds fill up with rain, they might turn dark and gray.

7 Cirrus clouds are thin, wispy clouds. They are really high in the sky. These clouds can come after a storm.


8 When the droplets get too big to stay up in the sky, they fall back to the earth as rain and snow. This is called precipitation. There are several kinds of clouds. Certain kinds of clouds produce rain or snow. Once the water falls back to the earth, the water cycle process begins all over again.


From looking at the clouds illustration, what is the best way to describe cumulus clouds?

A butterfly’s life is really amazing. It begins as a tiny egg on a plant. When the egg hatches, it isn’t a baby butterfly. It’s a tiny caterpillar or larva. The caterpillar eats leaves and plants. It grows bigger and bigger.

Then its skin starts to harden. The skin forms a shell. Bug scientists call this a "chrysalis." The transforming bug inside is called a pupa. Inside the shell, the caterpillar changes. After some time, a butterfly comes out. The butterfly is wet, and its wings are wrinkled. It looks a little funny when it comes out of its shell. It stays still, until its wings harden. Then, it flies away.

Butterflies live all over the world. There are many kinds. They come in different colors, shapes, and sizes. But they all go through this change. I think butterflies are really cool bugs.


What is the author’s point of view about butterflies?

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Which sentence is not a reason that supports the author’s point of view about butterflies?

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The reason butterflies don’t fly away as soon as they come out of the chrysalis is because