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GSE GRADE 11 ELA - Stalagmite Trio

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Grade 11
English
Georgia Standards of Excellence

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Grade 11
English
Georgia Standards of Excellence

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  • Q1
    Understanding Passage 1 requires the reader to distinguish among several closely related scientific terms. Which of the following terms defines the: 'cave deposits located on ceilings'?
    Stalactites
    Speleothem
    Stalagmites
    Carbonic acid
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI1
  • Q2
    Understanding Passage 1 requires the reader to distinguish among several closely related scientific terms. Which of the following terms defines the: 'general name for rock formations in caves'?
    Stalagmites
    Conical
    Speleothem
    Carbonic acid
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI4
  • Q3
    Understanding Passage 1 requires the reader to distinguish among several closely related scientific terms. Which of the following terms defines the: 'formations rising from cave floors'?
    Stalactites
    Conical
    Carbonic acid
    Stalagmites
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI1
  • Q4
    Understanding Passage 1 requires the reader to distinguish among several closely related scientific terms. Which of the following terms defines: 'containing dissolved solids that serve as the building materials for rock formations'?
    Speleothem
    Carbonic acid
    Mineralized
    Conical
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI4
  • Q5
    Based on paragraph 4 of Passage 1, what does the term cross-section mean?
    a small group of individuals culled from a larger group
    a representative slice taken from an object
    a core sample obtained by drilling into a substance
    a portion of a written account
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI4
  • Q6
    Part A: What is the author’s main purpose in Passage 1?
    to describe the natural beauty of stalagmites and stalactites
    to explain the many difference between stalagmites and stalactites
    to explain the composition and formation of stalagmites and stalactites
    to advocate for more protection of stalagmites and stalactites
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI6
  • Q7
    Part B: In Passage 1, which paragraph best helps develop the author’s main purpose?
    Paragraph 5
    Paragraph 1
    Paragraph 2
    Paragraph 4
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI6
  • Q8
    Based on information in Passage 1, what is the main benefit of speleothems?
    providing insight into past civilizations
    offering insights into the past
    preserving the delicate environment within a cave
    yielding valuable minerals
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI2
  • Q9
    Which of these is a central idea developed by the author in Passage 2?
    Scientists have been studying climate change for many years to gain insight into the past.
    The study of the layers of a stalagmite has resulted in the most reliable data to date that shows climate change was responsible for the collapse of the Mayan civilization.
    Archaeologists have long believed that climate change may have impact the Mayan civilization.
    Scientists typically study oxygen isotopes in sediment to reveal data about climate change.
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI2
  • Q10
    Another central idea developed by the author in Passage 2 is: "Climate change played a significant role in the disappearance of the Mayan civilization" What evidence from the passage supports this?
    "A drying trend in the later half of that century corresponds to records of political disintegration and warfare."
    "The scientists compared their new and improved climate timeline with historical records the Maya carved..."
    "...researchers in this study used a stalagmite from a cave near the ancient Maya city..."
    "...physical evidence, showing that ancient droughts correspond with political upheaval as recorded in stone carvings."
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI1
  • Q11
    Which word below does the author of Passage 2 use in the last two paragraphs to emphasize that several factors, when considered together, all lead to the same conclusion?
    “compared”
    “trend”
    “records”
    “coincides”
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI4
  • Q12
    Which sentence best describes how the author of Passage 2 uses the structure of the text to effectively convince the reader that climate change caused the Mayan civilization to die out?
    The author first states a conclusion about the Mayan civilization and then describes the scientific processes that led to that conclusion.
    The author first explains droughts as a cause and then links that cause to an effect, which was the downfall of the Mayan civilization.
    The author describes previous theories about the Mayan civilization and then compares those theories to current findings.
    The author traces the chronological events caused by climate change, showing that this chronology led to the downfall of the Mayan civilization.
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI5
  • Q13
    Based on information in Passage 1 and Passage 2, what are the two key scientific facts that make possible the research described in Passage 2?
    Stalagmites often are found near the stalactites that grow on the ceiling of a cave.
    When water evaporates, it leaves mineral deposits behind.
    Periods of abundant rainfall guarantee a nation’s population growth.
    Stalagmites are found in many interesting shapes and sizes.
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI3
  • Q14
    What do the researchers in the video most likely mean when they use the term “modeling”?
    Structuring an organization so that it functions at greatest effectiveness
    Analyzing past and current trends in an attempt to predict future ones
    Being the subject for an artist, sculptor, or photographer
    Making a miniature copy or representation of something
    Video
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI1
  • Q15
    How does the video complement and enhance the information in Passage 2?
    It describes how the researchers intend to use the technology in the future.
    It defines the phrase “speleothem technique.”
    It mentions that the project began in 2006
    It reinforces the idea that climate change shapes human civilization.
    Video
    60s
    ELAGSE11RI7

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