School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 3

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

Sample Assessments: Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

Standard 1.0 General Reading Processes

Topic E. General Reading Comprehension

Indicator 4. Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading)

Objective a. Identify and explain the main idea

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

Selected Response Item

Read the story ''Being a Fish'' and answer the following question.

This story mainly tells _____.

  1. how fish are different from people
  2. how many kinds of fish there are
  3. where fish can be found
  4. how fish swim

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 1.E.4.a: