Reading Passage: Have students read the following passage and answer the cause and effect questions that follow.
As Samantha pulled into the parking lot of the school, she had a strange feeling of apprehension. The building was dark underneath the moonlight carving a niche of light alongside the empty parking spaces. Trevor was supposed to meet her at 11:00pm sharp. Samantha glanced at the illumination of her watch face and saw the short hand skip minutes past the eleven.
“Ah, Trevor, you’re late," she said into the darkened interior of her family’s silver SUV Sedan.
She pulled out her BlackBerry and texted into the square box, “Wr r u?" Moments later, she heard the peel of brakes and saw puffs of smoke as Trevor accelerated into the parking lot and stopped just inches away from her SUV. Samantha jumped out of her car and ran over to Trevor.
“Are you crazy…we don’t have time for antics..let’s go," she screamed in a hush towards his open window.
“PJ what’s the rush..we have all night," Trevor laughed behind the slamming of his Jeep door.
“No, we don’t…so c’mon." Samantha grabbed his hand and let go quickly..she needed to focus on the task at hand. Samantha brushed off a drop of rain from her hand as others followed coating her skin with a liquid moisturizer of raindrops.
The light rain brought a thin sliver of cloud cover across the curvature of the moon as they hurried towards a door in the corner of the brick building. Samantha slid the length of a bronze key into the lock as Trevor pulled on the rain drenched door handle.
“Okay, PJ, you ready for this?"
“No, but let’s go. Security will do a drive by at 12:10am, so we don’t have a lot of time," Samantha answered ignoring how annoyed she was at Trevor calling her PJ, when her name was Samantha Jean and how much trouble they both would be in if they got caught. She needed him tonight, so she continued down the steel stairs towards an interior illuminated by the dangling of a lone bulb. (*Original content by author)