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Reading Comprehension
Volume 3, Number 27, March 30, 1998


Read the selection without stopping to choose the correct missing words. Then read it again, pausing to underline the correct words. Finally, read the selection again to see if it makes sense.


A Story Starter:

. . . It was a warm __1__ morning, and Miss Joan was in a very good mood. The clock read 6:00 a.m. and the weather was so unseasonably warm, that Miss Joan had opened every __2__ in her apartment. She climbed onto her treadmill, aimed the remote control at the TV, and happily jogged along.
. . . “This is going to be a __3__ day,” she thought as she heard the weather forecast. It was going to be warm and sunny all day with a zero percent chance of rain. The date was April 1, but the meteorologist promised that the forecast was no joke. “I’ll take my wonderful little kindergartners out for two or three recesses today. We’ll check our new flower garden and all will be right with the world!”
. . . But sadly, good moods do not come with long-term warranties. And as Miss Joan joyfully ran along, a significant chain of __4__ was unfolding at Tiger Elementary School.
. . . “Good __5__.”
. . . Mr. Smitty jumped right off the ground. “Mr. El, I didn’t see you coming. What are you doing here at six in the morning?”
. . . “Watching __6__ set up a bird feeder outside your classroom, I guess.” Mr. El put down the little blue box he was holding and helped Mr. Smitty lift the wooden structure into place.
. . . “Do I hear something moving in that box?” Mr. Smitty inquired.
. . . Mr. El sighed. “Yeah, I had to get up really early to take care of my little __7__ friends. I __8__ four mice in the live traps I set last night. I didn’t have the heart to kill them but they’re taking over the house. I figured I’d get here early and let them go, over there by the woods.” He pointed to a large stand of maple and birch trees that bordered the far side of the playground.
. . . Mr. Smitty smiled. “That reminds me of the time Miss Joan had a mouse in her desk. She actually spent her own money to buy a desk that was mouseproof.”
. . . “That desk is solid,” Mr. El remarked, “her candy is safe enough. No mouse could get in there unless someone opened the drawer and invited it in.”
. . . Both men looked simultaneously at the little blue box. Mr. El tried unsuccessfully to suppress a smile.
. . . Mr. Smitty chuckled. “You are an evil man,” he said.
. . . Mr. El displayed an innocent expression. “I have no idea what you’re talking about.”


1. spring summer winter evening
2. cabinet jar book window
3. windy rotten beautiful March
4. flowers paper events steel
5. morning afternoon evening better
6. me them workers you
7. feathered reptile rodent canine
8. put caught heard destroyed

Now it's up to you to be the author and write the rest of the story.
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