Trash or Treasure?
Students will read a passage about the hidden treasures that archaeologists find in trash. Students will answer questions about main idea, details, context clues, and author’s purpose.
Reading Comprehension Passage
Trash or Treasure?
Reading Comprehension Questions
Each of the vocabulary words below are used in the reading passage. As you read the passage, pay attention to context clues that suggest the word’s meaning.
Using context clues from the sentences in the passage, underline the correct meaning of the word in boldface.
1) "If you’re hiking and you spot a rusty old can, you may be tempted to pick it up for proper disposal."
a. examination b. cleaning; washing c. removal; act of discarding d. use; development
2) "While that sentiment is worthy of admiration"
a. layers of dirt b. thought; idea c. old items; relics d. action
3) "Laws protect archaeological resources on public lands"
a. commonly owned b. lost c. geological d. relating to the study of civilizations
4) "A favorite site for study is a midden, an old trash or garbage heap."
a. trash pile; dump b. sleeping place c. kitchen; cooking area d. ancient tombs
5) "It mainly contains Roman amphoras, the jugs widely used in shipping ancient Roman products."
a. jeweled plates b. jugs c. stone theaters d. Roman products
6) "The findings also led to a better awareness of how quickly various items decay."
a. increase in value b. move; shift c. became useful d. break down; rot
7) "State laws may also clarify what is considered an archaeological object in that state."
a. punish b. place a value on c. make clear; give specifics d. nullify; void
8) Everyone is responsible for protecting archaeological resources, which is a concept known as “archaeological stewardship.”
a. protection; guardianship b. hardship; disability c. governance d. sailing