DAY 14-ARMT Practice-CONTEXT CLUES
It was customary that all lifeguards must pass a test before being hired to work at the beach.
Ally was aware of this usual procedure, so she made sure to prepare for the test well ahead of time.
Every day, she practiced swimming against a current in the lake, and she treaded water for several
minutes at a time. Ally reminded herself not to get too frantic, or excited, during the test. In that case, of
course, she wouldn’t be able to concentrate. All her life, her swimming teachers emphasized, or
stressed, that lifeguards need to stay calm in all situations. Ally was stunned when she first heard this.
She was also astonished at how serious this summer job really was.
1. What synonym for the word “customary” appears in this passage?
2. What does the word “frantic” mean in this passage?
3. What is the author’s purpose?
A. To entertain
B. To persuade
C. To inform
4. Which statement is the best choice for the main idea for this passage?
A. Ally took a test.
B. Ally swam all her life.
C. Ally realized that being a lifeguard was serious, and she made certain she was prepared for the test.
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 125- Learning to Swim