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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 6. Determine important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective a. Identify and explain main ideas and universal themes

Selected Response Item

Read this play titled "The King and the Cleaner." Then answer the question below.

What does the King learn about the Cleaner's job?

  1. Being a cleaner is more difficult than it seems.
  2. Cleaning is best done at the same time each day.
  3. Learning to be a good cleaner takes lots of practice.
  4. Cleaning is more important than people think it is.
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Correct Answer:
A

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this play titled "The King and the Cleaner." Then answer the question below.

What other title would help a reader understand an important idea in this play? In your response, use details from the play that support your answer. Write your answer in the box below.

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Selected Response Item

Read this play titled "The King and the Cleaner." Then answer the question below.

What is a lesson that could be learned from this play?

  1. Work hard to be successful.
  2. Be satisfied with who you are.
  3. Never take advice from others.
  4. Never avoid doing your chores.
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Correct Answer:
B

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