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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 d. Summarize or paraphrase

Assessment limit: 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 sentences would be most important to include in a summary of this article?

  1. A chameleon's skin feels bumpy.
  2. Many animals use jaws or claws when catching prey.
  3. Scientists watch movies in slow motion to study lizards.
  4. A chameleon's tongue has a supermuscle.
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Correct Answer:
D

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