School Improvement in Maryland

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 4. Determine important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective a. Identify and explain the author's/text's purpose and intended audience

Assessment limit: Purpose of the author or 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 purpose of this article is to —

  1. provide information about cooking potatoes
  2. give the history of the Aymara people
  3. persuade people to eat freeze-dried potatoes
  4. explain how the Aymara people freeze-dry potatoes
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Correct Answer:
D

Selected Response Item

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

The questions in paragraph 1 most help a reader to —

  1. find freeze-dried potatoes
  2. locate mountains on a map
  3. predict what the article is about
  4. understand facts about the author's life
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Correct Answer:
C

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.a:
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