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.

1pt
2a.

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

1 pt
2b.

Which paragraph supports the answer to Part A?

1pt
3b.

Which paragraph supports the answer to Part A?

Read this passage. Then, answer the questions 8 - 9 that follow.

Characteristics of a Good Student

A good student has several positive characteristics. For one, he or she works hard. Without hard work, it is difficult to maintain academic success. Also, a good student takes school seriously. You won’t find a good student not turning in major assignments or skipping homework. Finally, a good student is organized. Staying organized helps these students to stay on top of assignment requirements and due dates. These specific characteristics help good students to be the type of students that they are.

1 pt
8.

Which of the following statements is evidence from the passage?

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."

1 pt
10b.

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

The Ferris Wheel

Mike waited in the long line with his friends, Tim and Shane. They ate their cotton candy while they waited for their turn to ride on the Ferris wheel. This would be the second ride they rode. The first was the bumper cars. Mike loved the bumper cars. He wanted to ride them again, but his friends wanted to ride the Ferris wheel. They were laughing and pointing up.

Mike’s tummy felt a little sick when he looked up at how high the Ferris wheel went. He was scared of heights. He didn’t want his friends to know because they would think he was a chicken. He waited in the long line and tried not to think about how high up the Ferris wheel went.

Tim and Shane noticed Mike looking around. He was pretty much ignoring them, so they looked at each other and shrugged. They thought Mike was bored and really did not want to spend time with his two friends.

1 pt
12b.

Which details support the answer to Part A? Select all that apply.