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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 7. Analyze the author's purposeful use of language

Objective b. Analyze words and phrases that create tone

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

Selected Response Item

Read this story titled "A Team Full of Reasons." Then answer the question below.

Read paragraph 16 of the story.

"Business?" My parents discussing business? That's a first. "Like what?"

Which of these words best describes the tone of Alex's thoughts?

  1. annoyed
  2. bitter
  3. concerned
  4. surprised
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Correct Answer:
D

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.b:
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