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Table of Contents Introduction ..............................................................................................................7 Lesson 1: Finding Details............................................................................................11 Lesson 2: Following Instructions...............................................................................25 Lesson 3: Step by Step...............................................................................................33 Lesson 4: Detective Work..........................................................................................37 Lesson 5: Rules and Situations..................................................................................43 Lesson 6: Too Much Information..............................................................................49 Lesson 7: Word Meaning...........................................................................................55 Challenger Questions...............................................................................................59 Conclusion..............................................................................................................161

Practice Test #1......................................................................................................163 Practice Test #2......................................................................................................187


2015-2016 MasteryKeys Lesson Plan Week 2: Building Trades & Construction (BTC) Day 1: Reading for Information (RI) Learning Objective(s)  RI5 L3: Identify main ideas and clearly stated details.  RI3 L3: Choose when to perform each step in a short series of steps. The Hook Introduce the Week’s Career Cluster  Brainstorm Ball: Who builds a house?  For checking student responses: http://www.byoh.com/subcontractors.htm Entrance Ticket 5 points (RI3)  Why do you think so much of the training for these careers is “hands-on”? Introduction  (I do) Read the introduction to the lesson for RI workbook Lesson 1 Finding Details p. 11 “Details, Details” Activity << Need 2015-2016 Mastery Keys Reading for Information Printables >>  (I do) Show students the table of contents slide for the instructions for “Pool Noodle Lightsabers!” Ask questions about the instructions, such as, “What do you do first?” and “What would happen if you did step 5 before step 4?”  (We do) Student pairs will use copy of “How to DIY Shoebox Charging Station for your Devices” to answer questions on the board. Assignment 10 points (RI3)  (We do) Answer questions for RI Lesson 1 “Building a Parking Lot” on the Smartboard.  (You do) Complete RI workbook p. 68-69 Exit Ticket 5 points (RI3) 1. What is the most widely used construction material in the world? 2. What are the 3 basic materials that go into concrete? 3. Why do you think they test different batches of concrete throughout the day? 4. What is building an enclosure for concrete called? 5. Does this job require following directions? Why or why not?


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Finding Details Details, Details Missing one small detail might be all that it takes to get fired from a well-paying job. Paying attention to an important detail might be the key to a promotion and better pay. The word detail means individual facts or features. Details are the small parts that make up the larger whole. Hereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an example sentence: He is still working out the details of his master plan. People who arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t aware of details often stumble through life, unaware of exactly why they keep losing jobs and having trouble. In this chapter, you will practice finding important details in notes or instructions.

Give an example of a time when you paid careful attention to details. What was the end result?

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Give an example of a time when someone missed an important detail. What happened?

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Activity – Pool Noodle Lightsabers Intro: This is a super simple DIY, plus you can use these in water – they float!

Step 1: Things you will need • A pool noodle • Scissors • Duct tape • Black hockey/electrical tape Step 2: Cut your pool noodle in half. Now you should have 2. Step 3: Crisscross tape over one end of the pool noodle using duct tape. Step 4: Start duct taping the bottom of the noodle. Step 5: You can use the black tape now to add details. Step 6: You are all done, since you cut the noodle in half you should make another and have battles with your friends and family! Entrance Ticket

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How to DIY Shoe Box Charging Station for Your Devices

by AudreyIsWright on July 15, 2015 Table of Contents

How to DIY Shoe Box Charging Station for Your Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Intro: How to DIY Shoe Box Charging Station for Your Devices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 1: Materials . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 2: Decorate First . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using Wrapping Paper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using Spray Paints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 3: Make The Holes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 4: Assemble Your Box . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Step 5: Finishing Touches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Author:AudreyIsWright End of Tenancy Cleaning London Audrey Wright is a freelance writer, living in London, but sworn to see every bit of the world. She graduated City of Wesminster College with an A-level degree in English Language and Literature. She now explores everyday life, seeking wisdom in every bit and giving her view on what keeps the planet spinning to everyone wanting to know.

Intro: How to DIY Shoe Box Charging Station for Your Devices Introduction

While charger cables are not nearly as annoying as headphone wires, especially when they're in your pocket and get tangled AF... However, they're pretty frustrating as well, especially when you have lots of devices at home and end up with a different charger for your Samsung phone, your iPhone, your SO's non-smart phone, the tablet, the laptop, the camera, the whatever gadget you've accumulated over time. In the end you might have as much as ten different chargers, with ten different cables. So, yeah, it's pretty damn tedious to find the right one, or keep wires from tangling, etc. So, I'm going to teach you in a quickie how to make a charger organizer in as little as 30 minutes. Now, there are a lot of different ways you can make an organizer for your chargers, largely depending on the amount of time and effort you want to spend making it. The most complicated one is probably the recharge drawer with independent switches for each charger. The easiest is to use a shoe box.

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Step 1: Materials

A power coupler A cardboard box Scissors Office knife Glue / Duct tape Pencil / Pen Ruler Paper Clippers Decorative hole frames / Washers / Spacers Other decorative elements

Some notes: The power coupler obviously needs to be big enough to house all your chargers. But also, it's best to use one that has a central switch that on/off's the entire coupler. That will allow you to be a bit safer using the recharge station. The cardboard box needs to be big enough to house the coupler and charger. The easiest one to use is a show box, but any of decent size, which has a lid will work. Plastic boxes and containers also work, but are a bit harder to drill into. Decorative elements represent:presents wrap, ribbons, beads, small figurines, generally any design element you might want to add to your recharge box.

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Step 2: Decorate First

If you're going to be decorating the box, do that first. 90% of the time put into this project will be for this step alone. If you're not a designer or simply don't care, just skip this step as it is for aesthetic purposes ONLY. In this example, we're going to glue the zig-zag textured wrapping paper to the outside of the shoe box.

Using Wrapping Paper The process is really simple: Clear some working space and layout the wrapping paper, inside up.

1. Put the box front side down and align it with the wrapping paper sheet. 2. Using your pencil or pen, make a mark on the paper about two inches from the front and side edges of the shoe box. Then, put the ruler down and make a line over the front mark, parallel to the edge of the paper sheet. Now, another two marking the sides, lines should be perpendicular to the first one. 3. With the pencil put a line behind the box, tracing along the back edge. 4. Turn the box on it's bottom and align the front edge with the line you drew on the back. 5. Repeat step 3 and trace the back edge again. 6. Turn the box on it's back and repeat the last few steps. Remember to leave the same margin off the back edge this time as you did in step 2. 7. Do the same thing for the sides, each time starting with the box on it's bottom and in the location you marked it. For the sides, you want to leave margins on all three sides. Note: You need to adjust the margins so the texture of your wrapping paper has a smooth seamless transitions. However, the margins should be at least an inch. Anything less might make problems later on when you need to wrap and glue. In the end you should be left with a cross shaped trace on the wrapping paper. Now make cut out the stencil, along the outer lines. When you put the box, bottom down, on it's place and wrap the paper along the walls using just your fingers, you should see how the margins we left while measuring now form overlapping flaps. Start from one side an carefully glue the paper along the walls of the box. Depending on how good you are at this you might be able to do it on one try. If you haven't done a lot of crafts before, it might be easier to work by using small strips of duct tape to hold the paper in place along the entire box, before going on and using something as permanent as glue. Essentially, the equivalent of using safety pins on a blueprint for a dress to see it it works, before actually sewing it. Repeat this same process for the lid as well.

Using Spray Paints The less design-ish, but far easier and quicker method to put some customization into this project is to just pain the shoe box. Okay, so depending on the box you have, you might experience some difficulty getting it the colour you want. The hardest case possible is you having a black and glossy box. So, go get a car spay paint the colour you want. Take a shot and spay over the box and see if the colour catches one. If it does, simply leave it dry and repeat the process until the colour is as vibrant and saturated as you want. If it doesn't catch, go get a can of white and use this first. One coat of white, should enable whatever other colour you've chosen to catch easier after. Repeat with colour layers, until you're seeing the result. If you want to draw over, either use the tape and spray method, or get some nail polish or oil paints and use those. Other surface elements like beads, ribbons, figurines, etc can be superglued on the painted or wrapped box.

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Step 3: Make The Holes

This step is quicker, I promise.

So, we need to make the holes, from which the charging cables are going to be sticking out. If you have some metal rings, decorative covers, washers or whatever spacers you've found take them out. Using your ruler, make little marks over where the holes are going to be. Remember to keep the ruler aligned with the edges of the box, so the line is parallel. Also, measure and space out the distance between the holes evenly. Test if the plug of the charger goes through the washer. Self explanatory, but you need to put it through, or the whole box won't work. Now take you frame or washer and put it over the mark. Using the pencil, trace the inside of it. Repeat that for each hole. Now take your office while, x-acto, or razor (Or whatever sharp blade you have. A really, really sharp kitchen knife works as well, I guess.) and cut just a millimeter outside the line you've traced. When you're done with all holes, glue the frames or washers over their respective positions. Also make a whole in the back for the coupler plug, which will go into the power socket.

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Step 4: Assemble Your Box

Well, the most essential step is the shortest. Put the coupler in, and take it's plug outside the hole you make for it. Plug all the chargers in the coupler in a logical order and take each cable out it's respective hole.

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Step 5: Finishing Touches

At this point your box is fully functioning and can start producing the fruits of your labour. A few finishing touches you can add are labels for each respective charger, so you can easily recognize what is what. It will take you only a few minutes, and is a good addition, so you can use your new product better. The other is to take a paper clipper and make an easy holder for each cable, so they won't wiggle around. Take a clipper and bend it over the cable in question. Then, just clip it over it's respective hole. It should hold the cable in place, so it doesn't slip inside the box, wiggle around, or just annoy you by moving.

Final words: Remember to kill the switch of the coupler when nobody is using any charger. You probably won't ever have any problem whatsoever, but the extra step just makes sure you wont. Photo credit: Everyday Family, Tasha Chawner


Activity – Shoe Box Charging Station 1. I’m going to the store to get supplies for this project. Which page do I need to use to help me buy supplies? 2. My box needs to be big enough to house ______. 3. I am painting my shoe box, but the paint won’t “catch” to the surface of the cardboard. What should I do? 4. Why should I make a hole in the back of the shoe box?

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ACT WorkKeysÂŽ Practice To mix the cement for the parking lot: 1. Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and dig out a small hole in the middle of the mix. 2. Measure the recommended water amount. (Each 80pound bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water.) 3. Pour half of the water into the hole in the middle of the mix. 4. Work the mix with a hoe, gradually adding the rest of the water until the concrete is ready. Properly mixed concrete should look like thick oatmeal and hold its shape when squeezed in a gloved hand.

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ACT WorkKeys® Practice 1. How much water do you need for an 80 lb. bag of concrete mix? 2. I dumped all the water in at once. Am I following directions?

3. What should you do with the water first? 4. What should you do with the water next? 5. How do you test the concrete to make sure it’s ready? 6. Why do you think it would be bad to dump all the water in?

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Building a Parking Lot Look at these instructions for mixing concrete. Imagine that you are working in construction. Your company is building a parking lot, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your first day on the job. If you can follow instructions well, your supervisor might notice you and give you a promotion. If you mess up the instructions too badly, your first day on the job may also be your last! While you are reading instructions, try to imagine yourself taking the steps that are described. That way, you realize if something is confusing or if there is something you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand. Here are the instructions your supervisor provided:

To mix the cement for the parking lot: 1) Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and dig out a small hole in the middle of the mix. 2) Measure the recommended water amount. (Each 80-pound bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water.) 3) Pour half of the water into the hole in the middle of the mix. 4) Work the mix with a hoe, gradually adding the rest of the water until the concrete is ready. Properly mixed concrete should look like thick oatmeal and hold its shape when squeezed in a gloved hand.

1. Based on these instructions, you should first pour the water into the: A. empty wheelbarrow. B. hole in the mix. C. oatmeal. D. parking lot. E. 80-pound bag. If the question says based on these instructions, your job is to find the information in the instructions, not information you may have learned elsewhere. Even if you have experience pouring concrete, you should look in the instructions for the answer. Your experiences may not match the instructions. Choose your answer based on the instructions given. Find the detail being discussed in the question, and then find the same detail in the passage.

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Based on these instructions, you should first pour the water into the...

The main detail is pour the water. Find where pour the water appears in the instructions.


To mix the cement for the parking lot: 1) Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and dig out a small hole in the middle of the mix. 2) Measure the recommended water amount. (Each 80-pound bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water.) 3) Pour half of the water into the hole in the middle of the mix. 4) Work the mix with a hoe, gradually adding the rest of the water until the concrete is ready. Properly mixed concrete should look like thick oatmeal and hold its shape when squeezed in a gloved hand.

Instruction #3 discusses pouring the water. Where are you supposed to pour the water? 3) Pour half of the water into the hole in the middle of the mix. What answer choice best matches into the hole in the middle of the mix? A. B. C. D. E.

empty wheelbarrow. hole in the mix. oatmeal. parking lot. 80-pound bag.

Choice B is the best fit. Now try a slightly more complicated question about these instructions.

To mix the cement for the parking lot: 1) Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and dig out a small hole in the middle of the mix. 2) Measure the recommended water amount. (Each 80-pound bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water.) 3) Pour half of the water into the hole in the middle of the mix. 4) Work the mix with a hoe, gradually adding the rest of the water until the concrete is ready. Properly mixed concrete should look like thick oatmeal and hold its shape when squeezed in a gloved hand.


2. Based on these instructions, you should pour the mix into the: A. water. B. hole. C. parking lot. D. wheelbarrow. E. glove. First, look for the main detail being discussed in the question.

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Based on these instructions, you should pour the mix into the...

You’re looking for what it says to pour the mix into. In this question, the exact words from the question aren’t used in the passage. It tells you where to pour the water, but it doesn’t use the word pour when discussing the mix. There is a sentence, though, that says almost the same thing as pour the mix.

To mix the cement for the parking lot: 1) Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and dig out a small hole in the middle of the mix. 2) Measure the recommended water amount. (Each 80-pound bag of concrete mix will require about 3 quarts of water.) 3) Pour half of the water into the hole in the middle of the mix. 4) Work the mix with a hoe, gradually adding the rest of the water until the concrete is ready. Properly mixed concrete should look like thick oatmeal and hold its shape when squeezed in a gloved hand. While empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow doesn’t use exactly the same words, it still answers the question. If you are emptying the mix into the mortar tub or wheelbarrow, you are probably pouring it. Which answer choice best fits this sentence? A. water. B. hole. C. parking lot. D. wheelbarrow. E. glove. Choice D is the best fit. By the way, the first instruction mentions a mortar tub. This is a big tub or container that you can use for mixing concrete. If you run across a word that you don’t understand, don’t panic! It’s probably a special word specific to the work being discussed in the question. If it’s important for a question, it will be defined in the instructions. Don’t let it confuse you. In these questions, you don’t need to know what a mortar tub is to get the answers right.


The word or after mortar tub tells you that the word that comes next is an acceptable alternative to a mortar tub.

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Empty the mix into a mortar tub or wheelbarrow and dig out a small hole in the middle of the mix.

If you need to figure out what a mortar tub is, the word or tells you that it canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be much different from a wheelbarrow. Both can hold concrete for mixing.

What are the two most important steps for answering a question that asks you to find a detail?

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Dunes Vacation Rentals To: Dunes Staff From: Beth Griffin, General Manager Re: Christmas Bonus I want to congratulate everyone on another record year for Dunes Vacation Rentals. It appears that we will have surpassed last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenue by 12%, all thanks to all of your hard work. As such, I have decided that you will all receive a substantial Christmas bonus this year. All employees will be given a paid vacation from December 22nd to January 2nd. These dates will not count against your paid vacation days that you have already been accumulating throughout the year. Thank you all for your hard work. Enjoy your holidays, and letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s get ready for another great year!


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The company surpassed last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s revenue by what percentage? A. 10% B. 12% C. 14% D. 16% E. 18%

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All employees will be given a paid vacation on which dates? A. B. C. D. E.

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December December December December December

18th to December 29th 21st to January 5th 22nd to January 2nd 23rd to January 2nd 27th to January 9th

What is the reason for employees receiving a paid vacation? A. Construction on the building B. Restructuring C. A Christmas bonus D. Branch closing E. Summer vacation

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In what way will the bonus vacation interact with the paid vacation days that employees have been accumulating? A. B. C. D. E.

They They They They They

will will will will will

replace the days that employees have been accumulating. reduce the accumulated paid vacation days by half. reduce the accumulated paid vacation days by one quarter. reduce the accumulated paid vacation days by one tenth. not reduce or replace the accumulated paid vacation days.


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