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  • Q1
    Part A: Based on the information in Text 1, “The History of Earth Day,” what is the most accurate meaning of the word conservation as used in the article?
    Saving and protecting the environment and its natural resources
    Developing strategies that will likely be useful in saving living things
    Restoring damaged areas to their original conditions
    Researching how humans negatively impact the environment
    45s
    RI.6.4
  • Q2
    Part B: Which sentence in Text 2, “Earth Day,” best demonstrates one effect of conservation?
    “The average American uses about 100 gallons of water per day and more than 100,000 gallons of water per year.”
    “By recycling 1 ton of paper, we save enough energy to heat a home for six months.”
    “It takes about 450 years for plastic beverage bottles to break down in a landfill.”
    “The average American produces more than four pounds of garbage per day.”
    45s
    RI.6.4
  • Q3
    In Text 1, how does the author best illustrate the importance of conservation?
    She describes what is happening to forests all over the world.
    She provides data to show the negative impact of pollution on the world.
    She uses visual imagery to help the reader imagine what the world would look like if humans continue to be wasteful and create pollution.
    She lists the names of several important people who fought to make others aware of the results of pollution and waste.
    45s
    RI.6.3
  • Q4
    Part A: What is the central idea of Text 1?
    Many politicians acknowledged there were concerns about the environment, but none of them took action to address the issues.
    Gaylord Nelson’s tireless efforts to call attention to issues with the environment led to the creation of an annual event celebrating the health of our planet.
    President Kennedy campaigned unsuccessfully to convince people the environment was in danger.
    Gaylord Nelson organized a huge event to bring people together to come up with ways to help the environment.
    45s
    RI.6.2
  • Q5
    Part B: Which sentence from Text 1 best helps develop the correct central idea from Part A?
    “The President set out on a five-day, 11-state conservation tour in September 1963.”
    “‘The idea that became Earth Day,’ said Nelson, ‘occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969.’”
    “Gaylord Nelson died on July 3, 2005, but his contributions will always be remembered as younger generations continue his fight to preserve the world's environment.”
    “Nelson realized very few people were concerned about environmental problems like deforestation, the destruction of trees.”
    45s
    RI.6.2
  • Q6
    Read this sentence from paragraph 9 of Text 1. How does this sentence fit into the overall structure of the text and help contribute to the development of ideas?
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    In paragraphs 1-8 the author describes Nelson’s efforts to bring attention to environmental issues. This sentence explains how successful those efforts eventually were.
    In paragraph 2 the author states that Nelson claimed that “very few people were concerned about environmental problems like deforestation, the destruction of trees.” This sentence shows that Nelson’s claim was actually incorrect at the time in which he made it.
    In paragraph 11 the author states that “younger generations continue his fight to preserve the world’s environment.” This sentence provides support for the author’s claim.
    In paragraphs 4-5 the author describes the efforts of the Kennedys. This sentence describes an event they attended, emphasizing how supportive of Nelson’s efforts these men were.
    45s
    RI.6.5
  • Q7
    Which quote most strongly helps to develop the author’s points of view that America's leaders were not taking environmental concerns seriously enough at first?
    “Although his point of view began to catch on among most people, politicians still were not listening.” (Paragraph 6)
    “Nelson then headed to Washington, D.C., where he hoped to convince President John F. Kennedy to take a stand on environmental issues.” (Paragraph 4)
    “On March 21, 1971, the UN Secretary-General signed a proclamation establishing Earth Day as an official international holiday.” (Paragraph 10)
    “It wasn't long before President Kennedy heard Nelson's concerns and agreed that action should be taken.” (Paragraph 4)
    45s
    RI.6.6
  • Q8
    Which quote most strongly helps to develop the author’s points of view that Nelson was highly effective in bringing environmental concerns to people all over the world?
    “It wasn't long before President Kennedy heard Nelson's concerns and agreed that action should be taken.” (Paragraph 4)
    “On March 21, 1971, the UN Secretary-General signed a proclamation establishing Earth Day as an official international holiday.” (Paragraph 10)
    “Nelson continued to speak to audiences across 25 states about the importance of the environment.” (Paragraph 6)
    “In 1962, Gaylord Nelson decided something needed to be done to protect the environment.” (Paragraph 1)
    45s
    RI.6.6
  • Q9
    Which quote most strongly helps to develop the author’s points of view that Nelson was determined to make others listen to his concerns?
    “Nelson continued to speak to audiences across 25 states about the importance of the environment.” (Paragraph 6)
    “In 1962, Gaylord Nelson decided something needed to be done to protect the environment.” (Paragraph 1)
    “Nelson then headed to Washington, D.C., where he hoped to convince President John F. Kennedy to take a stand on environmental issues.” (Paragraph 4)
    “Nelson continued to speak to audiences across 25 states about the importance of the environment.” (Paragraph 6)
    45s
    RI.6.6
  • Q10
    In Text 1, which claim made by the author is least supported by evidence?
    “. . . but his contributions will always be remembered as younger generations continue his fight to preserve the world's environment.”
    “Word about the environment began to spread.”
    “. . . , Gaylord Nelson decided something needed to be done to protect the environment.”
    “The work that he began led to what we now know as Earth Day.”
    45s
    RI.6.8
  • Q11
    Part A: Based on the information in Text 2, “Earth Day,” with which statement would the authors most likely agree?
    Research show that recycling has helped reduce environmental pollution.
    People are interested in learning new ways to protect the environment.
    New ways to recycle materials have been discovered.
    Data proves that environmental pollution is going to have long-term effects.
    45s
    RI.6.6
  • Q12
    Part B: Which sentence from Text 2 best helps develop the point of view identified as the correct answer to Part A?
    “The energy saved by recycling one plastic bottle can power a computer for 25 minutes.”
    “The energy saved from recycling one glass bottle will operate a 100-watt light bulb for four hours.”
    “Almost half of the food in the U.S. goes to waste – approximately 3,000 pounds per second.”
    “It takes about 450 years for plastic beverage bottles to break down in a landfill.”
    45s
    RI.6.6
  • Q13
    Which sentence from Text 2 best illustrates the fact that more people than ever before are taking advantage of opportunities to recycle?
    “By recycling 1 ton of paper, we save enough energy to heat a home for six months.”
    “The recycling rate has increased from less than 10% in 1980 to more than 34% in 2011.”
    “Only 9% was recovered for recycling.”
    “Over the course of a year, that is more than 1,600 pounds of garbage per person.”
    45s
    RI.6.3
  • Q14
    In the video, what is the speaker suggesting when she mentions, “. . . Republicans and Democrats, rich and poor, and people with seemingly different beliefs and backgrounds”? (minute 0:30 -0:36)
    that the first Earth Day event was supported by people all kinds of people
    that no matter what age a person is or what his or her beliefs are, one should support Earth Day
    that the problems with the environment have been caused by all kinds of people
    that people disagreed which laws should be passed to protect the environment
    Video
    45s
    RI.6.4
  • Q15
    Part A: Which option below best summarizes the central idea of the video?
    The original Earth Day rallies were organizes to protest issues such as toxic dumps, the extinction of wildlife, and oil spills.
    Every year, Earth Day is celebrated by the United Nations by people ringing the Peace Bell, which was given to the UN by Japan.
    On the 20th anniversary of Earth Day, over 200 million people in 141 countries participated in activities focused on improving the environment.
    As a result of Earth Day, progress has been made in regard to making changes to create fewer problems for Earth.
    Video
    45s
    RI.6.7

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