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Sample Item
Brief Constructed Response Item for Grade 3

Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Topic A. Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 2. Use text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts

Objective a. Identify and explain how organizational aids such as the title of the book, story, poem, or play contribute to meaning

Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text

Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Explain another good title for this poem. In your response, use details from the poem that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.
Sample Student Response #1

Student Response

Annotation: The reader does not provide another title and only adds that it "is a grat tittle" and that the reader "love(s) the tittle that you have." To improve this response, the reader could focus on the "grat tittle" already provided and used text support from the poem for the claim.


Sample Student Response #2

Student Response

Annotation: The reader provides an additional title "Explore Reading." To improve this response, the reader might successfully focus on the word explore in the suggested title and use text support to show how that title would work. For example, the reader might reference going "from Kalamazoo to Idaho" and explain how travel to places one has never been is an exploration.


Sample Student Response #3

Student Response

Annotation: The reader suggests the title "When You Can Learn" and explains that learning is like reading "but another word for it." Next the reader references the poem with Kalamazoo and Idaho and reading directions. To improve this response, the reader might be more specific about what can be learned through reading like cooking or playing a game. Or a reader might further clarify the relationship between reading and learning by stating that reading is a way to learn.


Sample Student Response #4

Student Response

Annotation: The reader offers a title "Books are fun" and says that "you can make oraigami." To improve this response, the reader should provide text support that would show that books are fun. For example, building a model plane could be fun. This reader's statement about origami shows an understanding that many activities listed in the poem require the understanding of directions as does origami. Making a statement that draws a connection between playing a game and paper folding would show and not just suggest a level of comprehension.


Sample Student Response #5

Student Response

Annotation: The reader gives the title "The Excitin Part of Reading" and supports the choice that "it would be exciting when you'r in a car and telling your parents where to go with a map." To improve this response, if the reader were to cite the portion of text about going "from Kalamazoo to Idaho" then the reference to reading a map and helping parents navigate the roads would serve as a more viable extension.


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