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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 4

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

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 2. Identify and use text features to facilitate understanding of informational texts

Objective b. Use graphic aids such as illustrations and pictures, photographs, drawings, sketches, cartoons, maps (key, scale, legend, graphs, charts/tables, and diagrams, other graphic aids encountered in informational texts

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

Selected Response Item

Read this article titled "The First Freeze-Dried Food." Then answer the question below.

The map helps a reader understand this article because it shows —

  1. where the Aymara Indians live
  2. where South America is located
  3. why the Aymara Indians came to Peru
  4. why Peru has warm days and cold nights
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Correct Answer:
A

Resources for Objective 2.A.2.b:
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