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 d. Summarize or paraphrase

Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 1 of the article.

Cuddles is on the job!

Which of these statements is the best paraphrase of this sentence?

  1. Cuddles is helping Dan.
  2. Cuddles is following Dan.
  3. Cuddles is obeying the rules.
  4. Cuddles is learning commands.

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.d: