LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 4 Chapter 1

LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 4 Chapter 1 Sample

The Emperor’s New Clothes Adapted from the story by Hans Christian Andersen

1. Many years ago, there was an Emperor. He loved new clothes. He spent all his money on them. He had a different suit for each hour of the day. One day, two thieves came to the city. They were disguised as tailors. They told people that they could make beautiful clothes of the finest material.

2. The colors were bright. The patterns were amazing. But, they said, these clothes were invisible to anyone who was not worthy. If a person were unfit for the office he held, or was dull or stupid in any way, he would not be able to see the clothes.

3. "These must indeed be splendid clothes!" thought the Emperor. "If I have such a suit, I can find out who is unfit for his office. I would also be able to tell the wise from the foolish! I must have these clothes right away."

4. He paid the two men so they could begin work. The two thieves pretended to work very hard. In reality, they did nothing at all. They asked for the most delicate silk. They wanted the purest gold thread. But they really put both into their own knapsacks. They did their pretend work until late at night.

5. The Emperor wanted to know how the work was coming. He thought about who to send. After all, someone dull or unfit for his job would not be able to see the fine cloth!

6. "I will send my faithful old minister," said the Emperor at last. "He will see how the cloth looks; for he is a man of sense, and no one can be more suitable for his office than he is."

7. So the faithful old minister went to the room where the pretend tailors were pretend working. He saw them working on nothing.

8. "What is the meaning of this?" he thought. "I cannot see the least bit of cloth." However, he did not say this aloud. "I will never confess that I cannot see the stuff," he thought. So he told the thieves their work was excellent and that he would describe it to the Emperor.

9. The minister told the Emperor about the fine clothes. In the next few days, the Emperor sent more officers of his court to look at the work. They all came back with glowing reports. None of them wanted to be fired or called stupid!

10. Finally, the day came! The Emperor would wear the new clothes in a great parade through the city. The pretend tailors stayed up the whole night pretending to finish the clothes. As the Sun came up, they shouted, "The Emperor’s new clothes are ready!"

11. Now the Emperor, with all his court, came to the tailors. They raised their arms, as if holding something up. They said, "Here are your Majesty’s trousers! Here is the scarf! Here is the shirt! The whole suit is as light as a cobweb. One might think one has nothing at all on—such is the great quality of this delicate cloth." They pretended to dress the Emperor. They praised how wonderful he looked. All the lords and ladies of the court pretended too.

12. Now the Emperor walked in the parade. All the people cried out, "Oh! How beautiful! Look at our Emperor’s new clothes! How graceful and lovely the fabric is!" In short, no one wanted to allow that he could not see the clothes.

13. "But the Emperor has nothing at all on!" said a little child.

14. "Listen to the voice of innocence!" said his father. What the boy had said was whispered all around.

15. "But he has nothing at all on!" cried out all the people at last.

16. The Emperor was upset. He knew that the people were right.

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1a.

What is most likely true about the Emperor?

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What did the thieves tell the Emperor about people who were unfit for the office they held?

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Which paragraph supports the answer to Part A?

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Who did the Emperor send to check on his new clothes?

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Which paragraph supports the answer to Part A?

George Washington

1. George Washington grew up on a farm in Virginia. He worked hard on the farm. He got big and strong. His parents taught him to be honest and to always tell the truth.

2. People tell many stories about George Washington. One famous story is about George when he was a little boy. He had gotten a shiny, new hatchet. He wanted to try it out, so he chopped up as much wood as he could find around the house. When there was no more wood, he chopped down his father’s prized cherry tree.

3. When his father found out, he asked George what happened. Sad that he had done wrong, George answered honestly, "I cannot tell a lie. I chopped down the cherry tree." George’s father was proud of his son for telling the truth. That is how George Washington was known for his honesty.

4. When he grew up, George helped explore the country. He made maps of places that had no maps yet. He was a brave soldier too. He fought to protect the settlers in the colonies. He became a great general when America fought to be free from British rule.

5. George Washington became the first president of the United States. The nation’s capital—Washington, DC—is named for him. He was a very good president. Today, George Washington is known as "The Father of Our Country."

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What is the central idea of this passage above?

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10b.

What are four details that support the answer to Part A in the passage above?

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George told his father the truth about chopping down the cherry tree.

George worked hard on the family farm.

George grew up on a farm in Virginia.

George was a brave soldier who helped protect colony settlers.

George eventually became the first president of the United States.

George made maps of places that had no maps

Read the passage below and answer the following question.

Lisa is late to school every day. She leaves her house on time each morning to catch the bus. But she always has to go back inside. Some mornings, she goes back for her lunch. Other mornings, it is to get her homework. One morning, she even left without her shoes. Today, Lisa missed the bus because she stopped on her way to the bus stop to pick some flowers for her teacher.

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What is the central idea of this passage above?