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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 6

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

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 1. Develop and apply comprehension skills by reading a variety of self-selected and assigned print and non-print informational texts, including electronic media

Objective a. Read, use, and identify the characteristics of nonfiction materials such as textbooks, appropriate reference materials, research and historical documents, personal narratives, diaries, and journals, biographies, newspapers, letters, articles, web sites and other online materials, other appropriate content-specific texts to gain information and content knowledge

Assessment limit: Grade-appropriate informational texts

Selected Response Item

Read this article titled "Why Is It So Hard to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle?" Then answer the question below.

Which of these sentences most clearly suggests that this article is nonfiction?

  1. You stare at the dripping burger and the tantalizingly crisp, golden French fries.
  2. When yogurt sits undisturbed, it is a jellylike solid.
  3. Why can't they just make up their minds and be one or the other: solid or liquid?
  4. It depends on how badly you want that ketchup out of the bottle.

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.1.a: