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MCAS QUESTION OF THE DAY:

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GRADE Grade 7
Download PDF Document 2015, SESSION TWO, READING SELECTION
This poem tells the story of Pablo and his tennis shoes. Read the poem and answer the questions that follow. ODE TO PABLO’S TENNIS SHOES 
 They wait under Pablo’s bed,
 Rain-beaten, sun-beaten,
 A scuff of green
 At their tips
5From when he fell
 In the school yard.
 He fell leaping for a football
 That sailed his way.
 But Pablo fell and got up,
10Green on his shoes,
 With the football
 Out of reach.
  
 Now it’s night.
 Pablo is in bed listening
15To his mother laughing
 To the Mexican novelas on TV.
 His shoes, twin pets
 That snuggle his toes,
 Are under the bed.
20He should have bathed,
 But he didn’t.
 (Dirt rolls from his palm,
 Blades of grass
 Tumble from his hair.)
25He wants to be
 Like his shoes,
 A little dirty
 From the road,
 A little worn
30From racing to the drinking fountain
 A hundred times in one day.
 It takes water
 To make him go,
 And his shoes to get him
35There. He loves his shoes,
 Cloth like a sail,
 Rubber like
 A lifeboat on rough sea.
 Pablo is tired,
40Sinking into the mattress.
 His eyes sting from
 Grass and long words in books.
 He needs eight hours
  Of sleep
45To cool his shoes,
 The tongues hanging
 Out, exhausted.
 Gary Soto
 
 
“Ode to Pablo’s Tennis Shoes” by Gary Soto, from Neighborhood Odes. Copyright © 1992 by Gary Soto. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.

2015 Spring Release, English Language Arts - Grade 7
Download PDF Document Question 12 - Multiple-Choice

Reporting Category: Reading
Standard: ELA.K-12.R.1.01 - Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.
Standard: ELA.K-12.R.1.01 - Read closely to determine what a text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from a text.

 
Read lines 25–28 in the box below.
He wants to beLike his shoes,A little dirtyFrom the road,
What do the lines most suggest about Pablo?
 
 
 

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