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Author’s Purpose and Message, Print and Graphic Features (Come Visit Dry Tortugas National Park!)


Grade 7
ELA (2017)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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  • Q1

    How does the information in the “Fast Facts” text box support the author’s purpose?

     It suggests that Dry Tortugas National Park is a good destination for sea turtle enthusiasts.

    It urges readers to visit Dry Tortugas National Park even though it has no drinking water.

    It informs readers that they will have to bring their own drinking water to the park.

     It entertains readers with an interesting story about the origin of the park’s name.

  • Q2

    In paragraph 4, the author uses the indented list with boldface words to —

    explain what is expected of people who visit Dry Tortugas National Park

    call attention to the variety of activities that visitors can experience at Dry Tortugas National Park

    organize information that cannot be presented in the normal body text of the selection

    make clear that the ideas in these paragraphs are unrelated to the ideas in the main text

  • Q3

    The author includes the text box titled “Important to Know” to suggest that —

    group vacations to Dry Tortugas National Park are popular

    most visitors to Dry Tortugas National Park are scientists

    the location of Dry Tortugas National Park does not support tourism

    a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park takes some planning

  • Q4

    Which sentence from the selection reinforces the information presented in the text box titled “Important to Know”?

    The park lacks many of the comforts of civilization, such as hotels, restaurants, and shops.

    By building a moated fort, the U.S. military had a prime and protected position at the gulf’s front door.

     In the middle of the 1800s, construction of Fort Jefferson began on Garden Key.

    Night snorkeling and stargazing are two exciting overnight attractions.


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