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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 7

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

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 6. Analyze important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective a. Analyze main ideas and universal themes

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this story titled "Nathan's Choice." Then answer the question below.

Explain why Nathan decides to stay at the blacksmith shop. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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Selected Response Item

Read this story titled "Nathan's Choice." Then answer the question below.

Which of these sentences best states a theme of this story?

  1. People should have the same goals their friends have.
  2. People should be willing to work hard to reach their goals.
  3. People should let their families make decisions about their goals.
  4. People should wait until they are older to set goals for themselves.
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Correct Answer:
B

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