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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

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

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 4. Analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective c. State and support main ideas and messages

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

Selected Response Item

Read this article titled "This Tongue Gets a Grip." Then answer the question below.

Which of these statements from paragraphs 1 through 3 best identifies the focus of this article?

  1. Chameleons may look grumpy and their skin may feel bumpy, but scientists can't take their eyes off them.
  2. Because chameleons are such interesting lizards.
  3. Chameleons spend a great deal of their lives sitting still.
  4. And chameleons are unusual in the way they get their food.
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Correct Answer:
D

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this article titled "This Tongue Gets a Grip." Then answer the question below.

What other title would help a reader understand an important idea in this article? In your response, use information from the article that explains why this title would help a reader understand an important idea. Write your answer in the box below.

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