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 4. Determine important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective b. Identify and explain the author's opinion

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 author of this article would probably agree that animals

  1. cause a lot of allergies
  2. cost a lot of money to feed
  3. should be kept in fenced yards
  4. can be loving and useful at the same time

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.b: