Comprehension Questions and Stemming Practice Grade 5, Lesson 5 Created by: M. Christoff, Enrichment Specialist, Field Local Schools Elisa is writing in a diary … because she wants to record events in her life and make sense our of her feelings about them. She gave Elisa the figurine … at the end of her first visit to the United States. Elisa is … sad about moving to the United States. She misses Puerto Rico. Elisa has a negative view of being in the United States. Her brother is open to all the changes he is going through in his new home. Their different feelings cause tension between them. The author uses words… such as “unbearable,” “afraid,” and “crazy” which sets a frustrated tone. The author has Elisa describe her own problem… by explaining to her brother that she feels lonely and afraid because she can’t speak or understand spoken English well. Elisa’s brother tries to help her by suggesting ways she can learn English. The main theme of pages 126127 is…. that you must make an effort to overcome your fear. Elisa decides that she will “like this school after all” because: she meets a student from Guatemala who is sad and quiet, and thinks she may have found a friend. Elisa calls her classmates “opponents” because … she feels like she is competing with them to give the right answer. The details used to describe and help the reader visualize the quetzal include…. soft feathers, green crest, red chest, gorgeous bird, and the illustration on page 129. Elisa smiled for the first time since classes started because… she feels that she has done something to feel good about. She received a “A” on her composition. I think that Elisa’s and Jose’s plan will help… them overcome fear of new things by working with someone else to solve the problem. I think Elisa learned that new situations … are easier to deal with when you have another person to help you. Elisa’s introduction to “the joining of forces” shows ... that she has learned to overcome fear in new situations. She shares her story of a first day in a new school. Elisa shares this story with her students because … she wants her students to discover that they can work with others to overcome their fears.