School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 3

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

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 3. Develop knowledge of organizational structure of informational text to understand what is read

Objective a. Identify and analyze the organization of texts such as sequential and/or chronological order, main idea and supporting details, cause/effect, and problem solution

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

Selected Response Item

Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.

How is paragraph 2 organized?

  1. by giving the main idea and supporting details
  2. by explaining differences between two things
  3. by telling a problem and a solution
  4. by putting events in time order

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.3.a: