In one assessment of beginning reading, a house fills with animals as the storyline repeats, "The ...(fill in animal) went into the little house." Then, the skunk does "what skunks do" and the animals leave. The skunk, sarcastically says, "What a nice little house!" After reading the story, the teacher asks the question, "At the end of the story, why did the skunk say this is a nice little house!" Believe me, there are many ways to say "made a skunk smell!"
The other day, a first grader responded, "Somebody probably read him the title." I must have looked a bit perplexed, so my student continued, "Just like you read it to me!" It took me a second to recover from the clearly accurate and totally literal response, but my student was on top of the situation and proudly, without missing a beat, took control of the assessment situation and pointing to the title of the book and proudly reading, "See, it says right here on the cover, The Nice Little House."
The skunk's sarcasim was lost to my first grader but her confidence made my day. It indeed said, "The Nice Little House" and I should not have asked such a silly question.