LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 6 Post Test

LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 6 Post Test Sample

Source 2 - (Student Skit) by 6th grade middle school students

Here is part of a Florida Everglades presentation written by some 6th grade students. After reading the presentation excerpt, answer the questions about the information presented.

ANCHOR: On our show today, we have a special report on the Florida Everglades, a two-million-acre wetland ecosystem that stretches south all the way from central Florida, near Orlando, to Florida Bay. Now, I would like to present our guest, Mr. Stephen Nelson, a wildlife conservation expert from the Everglades National Park. Mr. Nelson, thank you so much for being here today. Most people generally think of the Everglades as being a huge swamp, but the Everglades National Park is much more than just a swamp isn’t it?

STEPHEN NELSON: Yes, Sondra, it is. The Florida Everglades National Park is the largest remaining sub-tropical wilderness in the continental United States, and it is actually made up of many kinds of ecosystems, including both fresh and saltwater areas, open prairies, pine rocklands, tropical hardwood forests, offshore coral reefs, and mangrove forests. The part of the Everglades that people think of as the swamp is just a small part of the entire Everglades ecosystem.

ANCHOR: That’s amazing Mr. Nelson. Can you tell us what kinds of animals call the Everglades home?

STEPHEN NELSON: Absolutely! The Everglades is known for its extraordinary wildlife, which includes mammals, such as the Florida panther, the Indian manatee, and the bottlenose dolphin. Over three hundred and fifty species of birds can be found in the Everglades. There are also twenty-seven different kinds of snakes, and of course, alligators and crocodiles make their home there as well.

ANCHOR: Wow! That is really interesting. Do people get alligators and crocodiles confused?

STEPHEN NELSON: Yes, often times they do. The American crocodiles that live in the Everglades are larger than American alligators. Alligators live in the fresh water areas of the Everglades while the crocodiles live in the salt water areas. Crocodiles can survive in fresh water, so there are times when their paths do sometimes cross. What makes the Florida Everglades so unique is it is the only ecosystem in the world that contains both alligators and crocodiles.

ANCHOR: That is fascinating! I would love to talk to you some more about the Florida Everglades and what makes it so special, but unfortunately our time is up. Mr. Nelson, I am sure some of our viewers would like more information about the Everglades. Can viewers find more information about the Everglades?

STEPHEN NELSON: Yes, they can. Anyone who is interested in learning more about this unique and beautiful park can go to the Florida Everglades National Park website at: https://www.nps.gov/ever/index.htm

ANCHOR: Thank you again for taking time out of your busy schedule to talk to us today. Maybe the next time you visit us you can bring some animals from the Everglades with you.

STEPHEN NELSON: I would be happy to, Sondra. Thank you for having me on your show today.

1 pt

What should the students do in the presentation to show that their evidence is gathered from relevant, credible sources?


What is the central idea of this passage above?


Which of the following sentences does not develop the central idea?

1 pt

What medium would best enhance this presentation?

Read the story below and then answer the questions that follow.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry

1. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. That was all. And sixty cents of it was in pennies. Pennies saved one and two at a time…Three times Della counted it. One dollar and eighty-seven cents. And the next day would be Christmas.

2. There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. […]

3. Suddenly she…stood before the glass. Her eyes were shining brilliantly, but her face had lost its color within twenty seconds. Rapidly she pulled down her hair and let it fall to its full length…

4. Now, there were two possessions of the James Dillingham Young’s in which they both took a mighty pride. One was Jim’s gold watch that had been his father’s and his grandfather’s. The other was Della’s hair…

5. On went her old brown jacket; on went her old brown hat. With a whirl of skirts and with the brilliant sparkle still in her eyes, she fluttered out the door and down the stairs to the street.

6. Where she stopped the sign read: "Mme. Sofronie. Hair Goods of All Kinds." One flight up Della ran, and collected herself…

7. "Will you buy my hair?" asked Della.

8. "I buy hair," said Madame. "Take yer hat off and let’s have a sight at the looks of it." Down rippled the brown cascade.

9. "Twenty dollars," said Madame, lifting the mass with a practiced hand.

10. "Give it to me quick," said Della.

11. Oh, and the next two hours tripped by on rosy wings... She was ransacking the stores for Jim’s present.

12. She found it at last. It surely had been made for Jim and no one else…It was a platinum fob chain simple in design… As soon as she saw it, she knew that it must be Jim’s…

13. When Della reached home …She got out her curling irons and lighted the gas, and went to work repairing the ravages made by generosity added to love…

14. Within forty minutes her head was covered with tiny, close-lying curls that made her look like a schoolboy. She looked at her reflection in the mirror long, carefully, and critically.

15. At 7 o’clock the coffee was made and the frying-pan was on the back of the stove hot and ready to cook the chops.

16. Jim was never late. Della doubled the fob chain in her hand and sat on the corner of the table near the door that he always entered. Then, she heard his step on the stair away down on the first flight, and she turned white for just a moment…

17. Jim stopped inside the door. His eyes were fixed upon Della, and there was an expression in them that she could not read, and it terrified her. It was not anger, nor surprise, nor disapproval, nor horror, nor any of the sentiments that she had been prepared for. He simply stared at her fixedly with that peculiar expression on his face…

18. "Jim, darling," she cried, "don’t look at me that way. I had my hair cut off and sold because I couldn’t have lived through Christmas without giving you a present. It’ll grow out again—you won’t mind, will you? I just had to do it. […]

19. Jim drew a package from his overcoat pocket and threw it upon the table…

20. White fingers and nimble tore at the string and paper. And then an ecstatic scream of joy; and then, alas! A quick feminine change to hysterical tears and wails…

21. For there lay…the set of combs that Della had worshipped long ago in a Broadway window. Beautiful combs, pure tortoise shell, with jeweled rims—just the shade to wear in the beautiful vanished hair. They were expensive combs, she knew, and her heart had simply craved and yearned over them without the least hope of possession.

22. And then Della leaped up like a little singed cat and cried, "Oh, oh!"

23. Jim had not yet seen his beautiful present. She held it out to him eagerly upon her open palm. The dull precious metal seemed to flash with a reflection of her bright and ardent spirit.

24. "Isn’t it a dandy, Jim? I hunted all over town to find it. You’ll have to look at the time a hundred times a day now. Give me your watch. I want to see how it looks on it."

25. Instead of obeying, Jim tumbled down on the couch and put his hands under the back of his head and smiled.

26. "Dell," said he, "let’s put our Christmas presents away and keep ’em a while. They’re too nice to use just at present. I sold the watch to get the money to buy your combs. And now suppose you put the chops on."

1 pt

Which statement best states the theme of the passage above?