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Pronunciation: EH

Directions: Practice by saying the word pairs and example sentences, then speak the words from this reading.

Word PairsPet-pat, wet-wait, tell-tail, test-taste, pepper-paper

Example sentence:You better let the wet letter dry.

Examples from this reading:Interrogated - S - Envisioning -



Directions: Read the following passage carefully.


  1. Read the entire passage quickly and generate questions using the graphic organizer below.
  2. Read the passage again more carefully and try to answer your questions.

Thick Questions
Big questions that you need to THINK and SEARCH to find the answers to.
Why does the author think that…?
What would happen if …?
Why does…?

Thin Questions
Smaller questions that you can find the answer to RIGHT IN THE TEXT.


Possible Answers


Possible Answers



As the beloved children's author Roald Dahl once wrote, "Never do anything by halves if you want to get away with it. Be outrageous. Go the whole hog. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it's unbelievable."

Liam Corcoran appears to have taken that to heart. In a world of Olympic dreams, the 11-year-old British boy has achieved his own: running away from home, and making it past hyped-up airline security and 1,000 miles to Rome — without a passport, a ticket or a boarding pass.

It's every kid's greatest fantasy. And every airline official's worst nightmare: a humiliating security breach, just days before the start of the Olympic games.

Liam's Big Adventure began on Tuesday, at a shopping mall near the airport in Manchester. That's where he gave his tiresome mother the slip. Not long after, he found himself at the airport, searching for a bathroom. He ducked into a gaggle of children as they passed with their parents through exactly five security controls.

First, the passport and boarding pass check in the departure area. Then, the individual screening of all passengers and their hand luggage. Followed by another passport and boarding pass check at the gate; a boarding pass check at the entrance to the plane; and once aboard, a head count by cabin crew.

Liam finally found his loo on the plane. But shortly after takeoff, he looked a bit sad. Fellow passengers asked why he was all alone, and he admitted he was running away from home. Once discovered, he was interrogated, probably by some huffy grownups, and put right on a return flight home.

But Liam didn't let that ruin his spirits. No, this was his first trip abroad, and as he later told reporters, "Getting onto the plane was easier than doing my homework."

It was his moment of brilliance and glory. He'd pulled off the modern version of "From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler," in which an 11-year-old runs away from home to hide out in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The girl eludes security by blending in with school groups, bathes in the fountain and sleeps in an antique bed.

Back when that novel was written, in the 1960s, it was probably more of a coup to sneak into a museum than onto an airplane. When flying, you basically walked up to the counter, bought your ticket without showing any identification, and made your way unsupervised onto the tarmac and up the steps to the plane.

Nowadays, airplanes have become like Mount Everest for stowaways. Adults will look at this security breach in fear and outrage, envisioning all the horrific possibilities. But it's nice to know that for kids, at least, there's still a small taste of delight.

Question 1: Identify a quote from the text that you think is very important and explain why.


Question 2: If you were asked to edit this text down to half its length, what details would you remove?


Question 3: What is the main idea of this text? What details from the text support the main idea?


Question 4: Write 3-5 sentences summarizing the text.


Question 5: What is the purpose of this text?

Focus on Grammar

Adjectives tell us about people, "Maria is a smart", places "Paris is beautiful",or things "The food is good"
What are the adjectives in the sentence(s) below?

   Directions: Identify how the adjectivesis used in the sentence(s) below

  1. But shortly after takeoff, he looked a bit sad.
  2. That's where he gave his tiresome mother the slip.
  3. He'd pulled off the modern version of From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs.
  4. Then, the individual screening of all passengers and their hand luggage.


Word Roots & Stems

Rule: The suffix ychanges a noun into an adjective, like dirty.

Directions: Identify the word that ends with -y in each sentence and write it on the line.

  1. Make sure everything you do is so completely crazy it is unbelievable.


  1. Once discovered, he was interrogated, probably by some huffy grownups, and put right on a return flight home.


Directions: Fill in the blanks below, just as in the models.





(cuddle -e) + y

She's a cuddly puppy.


dirt + y

Her room is not clean - it's dirty.











Vocabulary Practice


Directions: Use the word bank to identify the word that best completes the sentence.

















  1. The boy _______________ he broke the window.
  2. She _______________ everything she set out to do.
  3. The _______________ concert was full of naked people and bad language.
  4. After 3 hours, he _______________ finished the test
  5. Columbus _______________ America
  6. Water pollution is a growing problem in the _______________ world.
  7. I am _______________ out of money.
  8. Watching TV can be _______________, it's better to go outside and play.
  9. An army _______________ ended the democratic government.
  10. The original _______________ of the song was better than the one in the movie.
  11. I lost my keys but Joe _______________ them.
  12. The police _______________ him for three hours before they decided he was innocent.

Vocabulary Practice


Directions: Write the letter of word that matches the definition on the line. If it helps, feel free to also draw a line between the definition and the matching word.

  1. hyped-up
  2. finally
  3. outrageous
  4. tiresome
  5. version
  6. interrogated
  7. achieved
  8. admitted
  9. found
  10. discovered
  11. coup
  12. s
  13. completely
  14. Big
  15. modern

  • _______ Have an excess of energy, be excited.

  • _______ Confess; say that one is responsible for something.

  • _______ Large.

  • _______ Succeed in reaching a goal.

  • _______ Shockingly bad

  • _______

  • _______ At last.

  • _______ To be the first to see or learn about and report on something.

  • _______ Related to the present time or the recent past

  • _______ Totally

  • _______ Boring and dull.

  • _______ A quick and successful action. Often used for taking over a government.

  • _______ A specific form or variation of something.

  • _______ To locate something.

  • _______ To examine formally by questioning.


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