LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 6 Chapter 5

LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 6 Chapter 5 Sample

Excerpt from Patrick Henry by Moses Coit Tyler

This book was written in 1887, one hundred and twelve years after Patrick Henry gave his famous speech. A message from the author states, "In this book I have tried to embody the chief results derived from a study of all the materials known to me, in print and in manuscript, relating to Patrick Henry,—many of these materials being now used for the first time in any formal presentation of his life. It is proper for me to state that I have been able to make use of a large number of manuscripts relating to my subject. Of these may be specified a document, belonging to Cornell University, written by a great-grandson of Patrick Henry, the late Rev. Edward Fontaine, and giving, among other things, several new anecdotes of the great orator, as told to the writer by his own father, Colonel Patrick Henry Fontaine, who was much with Patrick Henry during the later years of his life."

On Monday, the 20th of March, 1775, the second revolutionary convention of Virginia assembled at Richmond…Accordingly, on Thursday, the 23d… Patrick Henry took the floor and moved the adoption of the following resolutions, supporting his motion, undoubtedly, with a speech:—

"Resolved, That a well-regulated militia…is the natural strength and only security of a free government; that such a militia in this colony would forever render it unnecessary for the mother country to keep among us for the purpose of our defense any standing army of mercenary forces "Resolved, That the establishment of such a militia is at this time peculiarly necessary, by the state of our laws for the protection and defense of the country… in this time of danger and distress, to rely that opportunity will be given of renewing them in general assembly, or making any provision to secure our inestimable rights and liberties from those further violations with which they are threatened…

A clergyman who was in attendance stated: –

"Henry rose with an unearthly fire burning in his eye. He commenced somewhat calmly, but the smothered excitement began more and more to play upon his features and thrill in the tones of his voice. The tendons of his neck stood out white and rigid like whip-cords. His voice rose louder and louder, until the walls of the building, and all within them, seemed to shake and rock in its tremendous vibrations. Finally, his pale face and glaring eye became terrible to look upon. Men leaned forward in their seats, with their heads strained forward, their faces pale, and their eyes glaring like the speaker’s. His last exclamation, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death!’ was like the shout of the leader which turns back the rout of battle. The old man from whom this tradition was derived added that, ‘when the orator sat down, he himself felt sick with excitement. Every eye yet gazed entranced on Henry. It seemed as if a word from him would have led to any wild explosion of violence. Men looked beside themselves.’"

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5.

How is second passage most different from the first passage?

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6.

Aside from manuscripts, what other type of evidence does the author say he received from Henry’s great grandson, Rev. Edward Fontaine, for his book?

Dog Fostering

1. I have always wanted a dog. Unfortunately, my dad’s career requires him—and our whole family—to relocate at least once every five years. When my family moves, we often change lifestyles. Right now, we live in a spacious house with a big fenced yard. However, our next move might be to a small high-rise apartment. A dog that would be happy and healthy in a home with lots of space to run may not thrive in a small, enclosed space. Additionally, our next home could be in a different country. A dog would have to be quarantined for an extended period of time before it could join us in our new home. Both of these situations would be terribly unfair to a dog, so I assumed I would never have a dog.

2. Those of you who know me know that this is not the case. My dog, Sparky, loves to go wherever I go. The fact is, though, Sparky is not mine to keep. Sparky is a foster dog that is living with my family until a permanent home becomes available. As its foster family, we are responsible for Sparky’s care and training. Sparky’s daily care involves feeding, grooming, exercise, petting time, and playtime. Also, every Saturday, I take Sparky to dog obedience training school at the animal shelter. I work with him during the week to make certain he remains a well-mannered dog. My family makes sure Sparky gets his shots on time and any other medical care he needs. This care and training routine will make Sparky a more desirable pet when the right permanent family comes along.

3. I assure you that Sparky isn’t the only one benefiting from this arrangement. This is a chance of a lifetime for me to experience having a dog in the family. I know that lots of kids complain if they have to walk or feed their dogs, but I love it. I love playing with my dog and having him sit by my side. Sparky always seems to sense when I’ve had a bad day and does his best to cheer me up. Although I was the one who really wanted a dog, my entire family is grateful for the time that Sparky spends with us. He truly seems like a member of our family.

4. The family who eventually adopts Sparky will also benefit from this arrangement. They will know they are getting a dog that is accustomed to the noise and activity of a family. They know that the dog is already housebroken and leash trained. Perhaps most importantly, the adoptive family knows the dog is coming from a loving, nurturing environment. Some shelter dogs come from homes where they have been abused or neglected. The most common reason dogs are sent to shelters is due to behavior problems. Foster families need be prepared for dogs who are nervous, fearful, unruly, and even aggressive. Foster families will need lots patience and, sometimes, special training is needed for some shelter dogs to overcome their behavior issues.

5. Dog fostering is a wonderful way for people who cannot have a dog on a long term basis to be able to love, nurture, and help find loving homes for unwanted dogs. There are so many dogs that need loving homes. So please, hurry down to your local animal shelter and register to become a dog foster parent. You will be glad you did, and the best reward is that you will be helping to save a dog’s life.

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7.

What is the author’s main claim?

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8a.

Select the two types of care the author states in paragraph 2 above that foster families are responsible for.

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8b.

What main type of evidence is used in this passage above to support the answer to Part A?