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A Grand Journey

Kara looked down at her road map one last time before getting into the driver’s seat. A
bleeding red marker line formed a single, squiggly horizontal path across the image of the
United States. A golden star sat on top of the town of Medford, and the line climbed down
toward San Francisco, then stretched across the country all the way to New York City, marked
by another golden star sticker. Kara had bought them just for the occasion—she had been
waiting to go on a cross‐country road trip ever since she was a child. Now that she had
graduated from university and had saved enough money with her friend, Sam, she could finally
make the journey. The two were driving all the way to New York since they had both gotten
jobs there, and they figured it would be the ideal opportunity to follow through with their dream
trip. Kara and Sam had finished all of their preparations a week before their departure date—
they had planned their pit stops, they had mapped out hotel rooms and friends’ homes where
they would catch up on sleep, and of course, they had filled the backseat of the car with
packaged snacks and a cooler full of bottled drinks. Sam’s mom had coached them on what to
do if they had any problems with the car. She was a mechanical engineer and therefore knew
plenty about all that could go wrong when it came to driving long distances. She had fired one
hypothetical after another at them to train the two girls on what actions should be taken in
various situations. When they finally got into their car, ready to get on the road, Sam’s mom
popped her head in the side window. “You guys remember all those lessons we had?” she asked
with a smile. “Yes!” they both replied in unison. After the good‐byes, Kara turned the keys
and switched on the engine; she was taking the first driving shift to San Francisco. Their parents
had gathered in front of the car, and were waving to their daughters. Kara’s mom wiped her
eyes with a tissue; she was having a hard time watching her youngest daughter move across the
country. And even though they were extremely excited, both of the girls felt a pit in their
stomachs and a lump in their throats. It was the first time they were leaving the West Coast and
the first time they would be farther than a two‐hour drive from their families. Kara slowly
backed out of her driveway. “We’ll give you a call when we make it to San Fran!” she yelled
out at her and Sam’s parents. She honked the horn and then began to drive down the street. She
looked at Sam. Both were wearing wide smiles. “We’re doing it! We’re really doing it!” said
Sam. They turned up the radio and rode in silence with the windows rolled down. After five
hours, the girls’ legs were cramping from lack of movement. Sam wanted to get out and stretch,
but Kara countered by saying that they were less than a half‐hour away. Sam looked out the
window and started to rub her legs, massaging out the pins and needles. Then she noticed what
lay in the distance. “Look, it’s the San Fran skyline!” she said excitedly, gently punching Kara
on the arm. The two could just make out the outline of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most
famous bridges in the United States. Sam pulled out her San Francisco guide book and flipped
through the pages. “It says here that the Golden Gate Bridge was named one of the Wonders of
the Modern World by the American Society of Civil Engineers,” she read out loud. Kara gazed
out the window. “I believe it,” she replied. The bridge was coming closer into view, more
impressive than ever with its majestic red towers and reaching suspension cables. As they
crossed the bridge into the city, Sam called her parents to let them know they had reached their
destination safely. After the long drive, they were ready for something to eat and a good night’s
sleep. They had plenty planned for tomorrow, and they wanted to rest. The next morning, they
woke up at 7:00 a.m. Along with snacks, water, and travel guides, Sam packed a long list of
sites she was hoping to see. The first on the list was Alcatraz. The two of them had wanted to
see the infamous prison ever since they had learned about it in history class. Most of their
friends found it interesting because of its portrayal in Hollywood movies, but Sam was most
fascinated by the actual prisoners themselves, like Al Capone. Kara wanted to learn more about
the history involving the American Indians and their eighteen‐ month occupation of the island
that began in the late 1960s. Although gray clouds loomed above, threatening the bay city with
possible rain and gusty winds, the girls parked their car and boarded the ferry to Alcatraz Island.
They had already purchased their tickets for the day, which started with a tour through the cells
that featured audio by former correctional officers and prisoners. Sam could barely stand still.
“I’m so excited!” she said, just before Joe introduced himself as their tour guide. “All right
folks, welcome to Alcatraz Island! Let’s get started,” Joe boomed. Kara and Sam joined a group
of around ten other people and followed behind him. He started with a story about Al Capone,
one of America’s most well‐known gangsters. “He was the target of an attack right here in
Alcatraz,” Joe told the group. Kara shuddered as they walked through the hallways lined with
empty, deteriorating cells, guarded by strong, steel bars. “A man named James ‘Tex’ Lucas,
convicted for bank robbery, auto theft, and murder, attacked Capone in the shower room in
1936, just two years after Alcatraz officially became a federal prison,” Joe continued. “Does
anyone know why he did it?” someone in the group asked. “Well, Lucas said it was because
Capone threatened to kill him. Some gruesome stuff happened in here,” replied Joe, shrugging
off the violent history as if it were a bedtime story. The group wove their way through the
prison while Joe recited story after story. Eventually, they found their way outside, looking out
at the rough waters. “After serving first as a military reservation, then as a penitentiary, Alcatraz
was the site of an occupation by American Indians,” Joe started. Kara snapped her head around
to turn toward the tour guide. “Before European colonization, the American Indians occupied
this area and lived in peace. Yet when the island was converted to a prison, several of them
became prisoners themselves. So years later, in the 1960s, a group of American Indians,
eventually dubbed ‘Indians of All Tribes,’ returned to the island to reclaim the land. By 1971,
they were removed from the island, but the occupation drew a lot of attention to the plight of
the American Indian population, and President Nixon returned land in California to the
community.” And with that, Joe finished his tour.

1. What is the final stop on Sam and Kara's road trip? what did they prepare for the journey
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2. Why do Sam and Kara stop at Alcatraz?


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3. Read these sentences from the story. "And even though they were extremely excited, both of
the girls felt a pit in their stomachs and a lump in their throats. It was the first time they were
leaving the West Coast and the first time they would be farther than a two-hour drive from their
families." Based on this evidence, what can you conclude about Sam and Kara?
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4. Read these sentences from the story. "Kara slowly backed out of her driveway. 'We’ll give
you a call when we make it to San Fran!' she yelled out at her and Sam’s parents. She honked
the horn and then began to drive down the street. She looked at Sam. Both were wearing wide
smiles. "'We’re doing it! We’re really doing it!' said Sam." How do Sam and Kara feel at this
point in the story. give evidence from the text
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5. What is the main idea of this story?


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6. Read the sentences and answer the question. "Sam’s mom had coached them on what to do if
they had any problems with the car. She was a mechanical engineer and therefore knew plenty
about all that could go wrong when it came to driving long distances. She had fired one
hypothetical after another at them to train the two girls on what actions should be taken in
various situations.

" What does the word "coached" mean as used in this text?
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7. What word or phrase best completes the sentence? Sam and Kara's classmates had been
interested in Alcatraz because of its portrayal in Hollywood movies; __________, Sam and
Kara have other reasons for being interested in the former prison.
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8. Reasons why Sam and Kara are interested in Alcatraz.


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9. Things done by Sam and Kara on their visit to Alcatraz.


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10. Why might a cross-country road trip be a good opportunity to learn about different places?
Use evidence from the text to support your answer. Mention a place that you would love to visit
and why ?
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