DAY 7-ARMT Practice-CAUSE AND EFFECT
Dan told a lie to get out of cutting the grass. He said he twisted his ankle while playing basketball
at school. His mom offered to take him to the doctor, but Dan said if he just rested and put some ice on
it, he’d be fine. Dan sat in his room reading comic books while his older sister cut the grass. About an
hour later, the phone rang. It was Dan’s friend Keith. Keith wanted to know if Dan could go
Dan really wanted to go. He decided to tell his mother that he was feeling better, and that he
was only going to watch his friends skateboard. Before going downstairs, Dan decided to fake a limp to
be more convincing. While pretending to limp, Dan lost his footing and slid down the stairs. His ankle
hurt as he stood up. When his mom asked what happened, Dan just said, “ I think I need some more ice,
“ and hobbled back up the stairs to his room.
1. What was an immediate effect of Dan’s lie?
A. Dan really hurt his ankle.
B. Dan’s sister had to cut the grass.
C. Dan couldn’t play basketball .
D. Dan lied to his mother.
2. What caused Dan to decide to tell his second lie?
A. His friend wanted him to go skateboarding.
B. Dan wanted to play basketball the next day.
C. Dan wanted his sister to cut the grass.
D. Dan didn’t know how to tell the truth.
3. What is the author’s purpose?
A. To entertain
B. To persuade
C. To inform
D. To express his feelings
4. Which statement is the best choice for the main idea for this passage?
A. Dan twisted his ankle.
B. Dan told a lie.
C. Dan’s sister had to cut the grass.
D. Dan was untruthful which caused something bad to happen to him.
You can project this on your whiteboard so that you don’t have to make copies for each student. I have my kids do this
independently, and then we read and discuss together. I want them to do this independently so that I can tell who needs
practice with each skill. The rest of our ARMT/SAT 10 practice will be done as a whole class, in small groups, and with partners.
I am practicing for the ARMT/SAT 10 for 3 weeks prior to the test.
This passage was taken from the Scott Foresman Reading Practice Workbook-Page 136-Juan Verdades