Restaurant Story



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Restaurant Story

Melissa and her family are at a restaurant. They are eating Melissa’s favorite food: pizza! While she is eating, Melissa notices a man yelling at his server. He is angry because his food took longer than usual to prepare. He had been waiting a long time. The waitress keeps apologizing to the man, but he doesn’t seem to get any less angry. Finally, the man stops yelling and starts eating his food. The waitress walks away slowly. She is obviously upset.


What is the main idea of the paragraph above and list at least two details to support why you think that is the main idea. (2 pts)

What do you think is the author’s purpose for writing this? List two details from the text to support your answer. (2 pts)

Tell about a time when you felt the same way the author did and explain why you felt that way. (2 pts)

Scoring Guide




  1. 2 pts-Student must list what they believe is the main idea and use 2 details from the story.

1 pt. –Student tells what the main idea is and one detail from the story

0 pts


Example of a 2 pt. answer: The main idea in the paragraph is that the man is rude. He yelled at the waitress and he didn’t seem to care that she apologized.
Example of a 1 pt. answer: The main idea in the paragraph is that waitresses sometimes have to deal with difficult customers. The waitress walked away slowly and was upset. She apologized and it did not do any good.


  1. 2 pts. –Student lists what they think is the author’s purpose and provide 2 examples.


1 pt. –Students tell the author’s purpose and one detail

0 pt. –Students do not give their opinion


Example of a 2 pt. answer: The author’s purpose was to show how people can be mean to others. He yelled at the waitress and he should have known she was upset when she slowly walked away, but did nothing except just sit and eat his food.
Example of a 1 pt. answer: The author’s purpose was to teach us to be nice to waitresses in restaurants. The man was mean because he yelled at the waitress.


  1. 2 pts. ---Student identifies a time when they felt the way the author felt and explains why they felt that way.

1 pt. ---Student identifies a time when they felt the way the author felt.

0 pt.—Student does not relate relevant information




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