Reading Text Clues Practice Exercises

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Reading Text Clues Study Guide

Reading Text Clues Practice Exercises

Practice 1: Dreams 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) A dream is a story a sleeper watches or takes part in. It's filled with images, sounds, odors, and emotions. On waking, a sleeper may remember only what happened right before waking up. No one can recall every dream, but everyone dreams, even though some people may tell you they don't. They really do dream; they just don't remember any of their dreams!

Looking for Meaning

(2) Events in dreams are imaginary, but they're related to real experiences in the sleeper's life. Sometimes dreams are realistic. If you spent the day at the beach, you might dream of the ocean that night.
(3) Other times, dreams can be symbolic. For example, a teenage girl has a dream about walking a dog. As they walk, the dog pulls faster and faster until the girl tumbles down a hill. The dream might symbolize that the dreamer is so busy with school, sports, parties, and family that she feels she has no control over her life. It's as if life (the dog) is pulling the teen too fast in too many directions!
1. Which text feature does the author use to divide the article into parts?
a. glossary
b. index
c. subhead
d. italics
2. Where would a reader look for a definition of the boldface word symbolic?
a. the title
b. the index
c. the contents
d. the glossary
3. Why is DREAMS at the top of the selection set in capital letters?
a. because it's the caption
b. because it's the heading
c. because it's in italics
d. because it's part of a bulleted list

Practice 2: Moving On 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) Winter in some places is very cold. Snow covers the ground and ponds and lakes freeze. Many animals can't find the food they need to survive, so they migrate— from the Latin migrans "to move from one place to another." They go to warmer places where food is still accessible and stay there until spring, then migrate back home. Diverse animals migrate in diverse ways. Here are just a few.
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