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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 5

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

Sample Assessments: Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective e. Identify and explain information not included in the text

Assessment limit: Information that would enhance or clarify the reader's understanding of the main idea of the text or a portion of the text

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read these 'articles' about writing for yourself. Then answer the following.

After reading the passage from "Keeping a Journal," what question might a reader still have about journals? In your response, use information from the article that explains why a reader might still have that question.

Write your explanation on the lines in your Answer Book.

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Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'A Brick to Cuddle Up To' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

After reading this article, a reader might still want to know—

  1. the way food was prepared in a colonial home
  2. the number of rooms in a typical colonial house
  3. how nighttime was made comfortable for colonists
  4. how bricks used as colonial bed warmers were heated
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Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Information that would enhance or clarify the reader's understanding of the main idea of the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.6.e:
Lesson Seeds | SAMPLE ASSESSMENTS |