TCAP Success Grade 6 ELA Chapter 3

TCAP Success Grade 6 ELA Chapter 3 Sample

"Into the Twilight" excerpt from The Wind Among the Reeds by William Butler Yeats

Out-worn heart, in a time out-worn, Come clear of the nets of wrong and right; Laugh heart again in the gray twilight, Sigh, heart, again in the dew of the morn.

Your mother Eire is always young, Dew ever shining and twilight gray; Though hope fall from you and love decay, Burning in fires of a slanderous tongue.

Come, heart, where hill is heaped upon hill: For there the mystical brotherhood Of sun and moon and hollow and wood And river and stream work out their will

And God stands winding His lonely horn, And time and the world are ever in flight; And love is less kind than the gray twilight, And hope is less dear than the dew of the morn.

1 pt

This passage is which type of poem?

The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse by Aesop

Once upon a time, a Town Mouse went on a visit to his cousin in the country. This Country Mouse was rough and ready, but he loved his town friend and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese and bread were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely.

The Town Mouse rather turned up his long nose at this country fare and said: "I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this. But, of course, you cannot expect anything better in the country. Come with me, and I will show you how to live. When you have been in town a week, you will wonder how you could ever have stood a country life.

No sooner said than done, the two mice set off for the town and arrived at the Town Mouse’s residence late at night. "You will want some refreshment after our long journey," said the polite Town Mouse, and took his friend into the grand dining room. There they found the remains of a fine feast, and soon the two mice were eating up roasts and ham, cakes and jellies, and all that was nice. Suddenly, they heard growling and barking. "What is that?" said the Country Mouse. "It is only the dogs of the house," answered the other. "Only!" said the Country Mouse. "I do not like that music at my dinner." Just at that moment the door flew open, in ran two terriers, and the two mice had to scamper down and run off.

"Good-bye, Cousin," said the Country Mouse, "What! Going so soon?" said the other.

"Yes," he replied … "Better beans and bacon in peace than roasts and cakes in fear."

Switching Places

"That’s it!" Mom said with a loud sigh. "I’m tired of picking up after you kids!"

My brother Toby and I barely glanced up from the TV to see what she was angry about. Our favorite show was on, and we didn’t want to miss anything. Suddenly, the screen flicked off. "Hey!" we shouted. "We were watching that!"

Mom stood behind us holding the TV remote. She scowled. "You kids aren’t listening to me! Look at the mess all over this den. I’ve asked you three times to pick up your toys and clothes."

"It’s not fair!" Toby whined. "Why do we have to do everything? Clean up, do chores, do homework … The work never ends!"

To our surprise, Mom’s face cracked into a smile. "You think you have it bad?" she said. "What do you think I do all day?"

"I dunno," I mumbled. "You get to stay home while we’re at school. You can do whatever you want because you’re a grown-up."

"Is that so?" Mom said. "I have an idea. Tomorrow is Saturday. Why don’t we switch places for a day? I’ll do everything you kids do, and you can fill my role."

Toby and I looked at each other, interested. A whole day as Mom? Was she serious?

Mom was serious. The next day when we woke up, Mom was sitting on the couch watching cartoons. She looked at us. "I’m hungry. What’s for breakfast?" We went into the kitchen and poured her a bowl of cereal. She asked to eat it on the couch while she watched TV.

We wanted to join her. "Don’t you have something to do?" she reminded us. "The laundry needs to be washed and folded." Toby and I trudged to the laundry room and started working.

The work went on and on. Mom trailed behind us as we swept and mopped the floor, made sandwiches for lunch, fed the dog, and vacuumed the living room. Just as we finished, Mom walked into the room, kicked off her dirty shoes, and stretched out on the couch with a big bowl of popcorn. She dropped a bunch of pieces on the floor as she ate and read a magazine.

"Hey! We just finished cleaning in here!" Toby protested.

"Oh, sorry," Mom said. "I didn’t notice." Seeing our pouting faces, she broke into a wide grin. "Are you ready to switch back now?"

"Yes!" we said in unison.

1 pt

Based on "The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse," how do you predict the story concludes?


In "Switching Places," why does the mom suggest she and the children switch places?

1 pt

What plot element is the same in both texts?

Excerpt from The Little Jackal and the Camel by Augusta Stephenson


TIME: one morning. PLACE: the east bank of the river.


[The JACKAL stands on the river bank. He looks longingly toward the west shore.]

JACKAL. Ah, if I could only get at those crabs over there! It makes me hungry just to see them! Now if I could only swim! Or if I could walk on water! Or if I had a little canoe!

[Enter the CAMEL. The Jackal whispers to himself.]

Aha! Now I know the way to get across.

(To the Camel.)

Such news as I have for you, dear friend!

CAMEL. Must I guess?

JACKAL. No, I’ll tell you this time. Listen: I know a spot where the sugar-cane grows thick.

CAMEL. Tell me! I cannot wait! Tell me!

JACKAL. I cannot. I’ll have to show you. It is on the other side of the river.

CAMEL. Why, then, I’ll swim across and take you on my back.

JACKAL. Just the very thing!

CAMEL. Come, then! It makes me hungry just to hear of sugar-cane.

[He kneels for the Jackal to get upon his back.]


[The CAMEL eats the sugar-cane. The JACKAL comes running into the field.]

CAMEL. What! Have you finished your crabs?

JACKAL. I cannot eat another one! Are you not ready to go?

CAMEL. Ready! Why, I have just begun.

JACKAL. I’ll wait for you outside the field, then.

[The Camel nods and disappears among the cane.]

Now I do not wish to wait for him. I am in a hurry to get home, I am. So I’ll sing a little song I know. The farmer then will come and drive the camel out.

[He goes. Soon he is heard singing in the distance. Enter the FARMER and the BOYS with clubs.]

FARMER. I see no jackal here!

A BOY. I am sure I heard him singing!

ANOTHER BOY. I heard him, too!

1 pt

What is the purpose of the italicized lines in this passage?

1 pt

What is the purpose of having acts in a drama?