School Improvement in Maryland

Constructed Response Items: Reading Grade 4

 (1) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Brainy Birds' and answer the following question.


What other title would show the main idea of this article? Explain how your title would show the main idea. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation.

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 (2) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the story 'The River' and answer the following question.


Explain how the author's use of words and phrases helps reader understand the setting. In your response, use words and phrases from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (3) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the story 'The River' and answer the following question.


Describe the relationship between Cory and Elisa and their dog, Minnie. In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your description. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (4) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Vrooooom' and answer the following question.


Read this sentence from the introduction.

Margaret Mickelway writes about a wild new sport for girls and boys.

Explain whether the word wild is a good word to describe junior drag racing. In your response, use information from the passage that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (5) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Vrooooom'. Then answer the following.


After reading "Vrooooom," what question might a reader still have about junior drag racing? In your response, use information from the article that explains why a reader might still have that question. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (6) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Vrooooom'. Then answer the following.


Explain whether or not the words in this article make junior drag racing sound like a sport you would like to try. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (7) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'Carousel'. Then answer the following.


Explain how the speaker of the poem "Carousel" feels about riding a carousel. In your response, use details and examples from the poem that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (8) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'Roller Coaster'. Then answer the following.


Explain how the shape of the poem "Roller Coaster" helps a reader understand the feeling of riding a roller coaster. In your response, use details and examples from the poem that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (9) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this story about two girls named Molly and Miracle, 'Root Beer and Banana'. Then answer the following.


Does the illustration help a reader better understand important ideas in the story? In your response, use events and details from the story that support your ideas. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (10) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this story about two girls named Molly and Miracle, 'Root Beer and Banana'. Then answer the following.


How do Granddaddy and Molly feel about each other? In your response, use events and details from the story that show how Granddaddy and Molly feel about each other. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (11) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read this story about two girls named Molly and Miracle, 'Root Beer and Banana'. Then answer the following.


Explain how the author makes the characters in this story seem like real people. In your response, use events and details from the story that make them seem real. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (12) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this article titled "The First Freeze-Dried Food." Then answer the question below.


What other title would help a reader understand the main idea of this article? In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (13) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this article titled "The First Freeze-Dried Food." Then answer the question below.


What could be added to help a reader better understand the information in this article? In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (14) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this play titled "The King and the Cleaner." Then answer the question below.


Explain what the Cleaner's words and actions suggest about him. In your response, use details from the play that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (15) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this play titled "The King and the Cleaner." Then answer the question below.


Explain how the King changes from the beginning of this play to the end. In your response, use details from the play that help to explain how the King changes. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (16) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this play titled "The King and the Cleaner." Then answer the question below.


What other title would help a reader understand an important idea in this play? In your response, use details from the play that support your answer. Write your answer in the box below.

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