TCAP Success Grade 5 ELA Chapter 5

TCAP Success Grade 5 ELA Chapter 5 Sample

Read the passages, and answer the questions that follow.


Please don’t be in such a hurry to grow up. The childhood years are meant to be treasured and enjoyed. There will come a day, much sooner than you think, when you will look back with fond memories at this time. Enjoy being a kid. Enjoy sharing licks on an ice cream cone with your best friend and not caring about germs. Enjoy long summer days, making new friends, playing in the dirt, and discovering new things. Don’t be in such a hurry to get out into the world before exploring all the wonders of your own backyard. This is your time to shine and to discover how special you are. Be patient with childhood. Embrace it, and nurture it. Enjoy the good times, and learn from the bad times. Remember that the bad times don’t last forever. Childhood lasts but just a brief moment. One day you will be an adult looking through old pictures, remembering old friends, and wondering where in the world all the time went.

1 pt

What is the author’s point of view about childhood in this passage?

Animal Prosthetics

Prosthetics (artificial limbs) have changed the lives of disabled and handicapped people since the Egyptians first came up with the idea thousands of years ago. But only recently have prosthetic limbs and other artificial devices been used to help animals. The movie Dolphin Tale is based on the true story of a badly injured dolphin named Winter who is rescued, nursed back to health, and given a prosthetic tail to replace her amputated one. In more recent news, a nine-year-old alligator named Mr. Stubbs was given a three-foot-long prosthetic tail after another alligator bit off his tail.

In the past, animals born with birth defects or animals that suffered injuries from humans or other animals often died. However, with advancements in prosthetics technology, wild and domestic animals that have life threatening injuries or were born with disabilities are getting a second chance at life. The PBS documentary My Bionic Pet highlights the remarkable stories of animals, their rescuers, and the prosthetics that helped the animals survive. As an animal lover, I am thrilled that scientists are finding ways to make sure that animals, wild and domestic, can live somewhat normal lives after losing a limb due to injury or disease.

1 pt

What is the author’s point of view in this passage?


1 The koala is a cute animal that looks like a teddy bear, but it is not really a bear. The koala is a marsupial, which means it has a pouch like a kangaroo. The koala mother carries the babies in her pouch until they grow. Like kangaroo babies, koala babies are called joeys.

2 Koalas are native to Australia. They live together in groups, just like people. The slow moving koalas mainly stay up in the trees. This keeps them away from most predators and close to their food.

3 The natives in Australia have known about the koala for thousands of years. But when Europeans arrived on the continent, it took eleven years for them to spot the first koala. This is because the animal’s camouflage is so effective. January 1789 is the date of the first known record of a European seeing a koala.

4 Koalas are herbivores. That means they eat no meat, only plants. They feast on the leaves of the eucalyptus (YOO-kuh-LIP-tuhs) trees in which they live. An adult koala eats about a pound and a half of leaves every day. The koala has a slow metabolism and spends most of the day sleeping. Koalas can live up to about eighteen years in captivity. No one really knows how long they live in the wild because they are so hard to observe.


How does the author develop ideas about koalas?

1 pt

Say a student was to present facts about the koala in class. Which non-print resource would best be used to help the audience understand koalas?

Magnificent Marvels

1 Around the world are many amazing structures. One such structure is the Taj Mahal in India. The Emperor Shah Jahan built this magnificent monument in memory of his wife. It was made out of pure white marble. This building took twenty thousand workers twenty years to finish. Sadly, the emperor executed the architect of this structure, so he could never design a more beautiful building.

2 A similar fate awaited the architect of the impressive St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. Ivan the Terrible ordered this beautiful church to be built from precious stones. After this structure was completed, he had the architect blinded, so no one could duplicate the masterpiece.

3 Even more astonishing was the task of building the Great Pyramid of Egypt over 4,500 years ago. It contains enough stone to build a ten-foot-high wall around Spain. For thirty years, over four thousand men hauled stones weighing over sixteen tons each. Nearly 2.2 million of the stone blocks were needed to build the Great Pyramid.

1 pt

What is the author’s claim?