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MCAS QUESTION OF THE DAY:

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GRADE Grade 5
Download PDF Document 2013, SESSION ONE, READING SELECTION
This poem is a conversation between a dog and a squirrel. Read the poem and answer the questions that follow.  Dog and Squirrel: Steps in a Flirtation
  The bushy flick of your tail
catches my attention.
    I am aware of your presence,
    but I am ignoring you.
   
 5 You are now my bull’s-eye.
This will be a fine game.
    It may be a game,
    but I set the rules.
   

10
 Whenever you lower your guard,
I step forward.
    I never lower my guard.
    All escape routes are intact.
   


15
 My body is an arrow
pointing at your heart.
    O large clumsy one,
    have you any idea how fast I can run?
   



20
 I draw closer.
The space between us is nothing.
    Odd how the sunlight
    kindles your dark fur.
   
  I can taste the silk of your tail.
You can’t possibly get away now.
    I know the precise point at which
    I must flee. Still, those eyes . . .
   
25 Gaze locked, I pounce!
And you are . . .
    Gone, of course.
    My heart pounds! See you tomorrow?
  —Joyce Sidman
“Dog and Squirrel: Steps in a Flirtation” by Joyce Sidman, from The World According to Dog. Copyright © 2003 by Joyce Sidman. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.
2013 Spring Release, English Language Arts - Grade 5
Download PDF Document Question 3 - Multiple-Choice

Reporting Category: Reading
Topic: 14 - Poetry
Standard: ELA.K-12.R.2.04 - Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.
Standard: ELA.K-12.R.2.04 - Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

 
Which line from the poem contains a metaphor?
 
 
 

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