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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 2. Identify and use text features to facilitate understanding of informational texts

Objective c. Use informational aids such as introductions and overviews, materials lists, timelines, captions, glossed words, labels, numbered steps, pronunciation key, transition words, boxed text

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

Selected Response Item

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.

The boxed text titled “Big Facts About Little Horses” most helps a reader understand

  1. how to research what a miniature horse needs
  2. how much money to save before getting a miniature horse
  3. how to decide whether a miniature horse is a good choice for a family
  4. how to measure your house and yard before getting a miniature horse

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.2.c:
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