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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 h. Distinguish between a fact and an opinion

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

Selected Response Item

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

Which sentence from this article is an opinion?

  1. Cuddles is one of only a few trained guide horses for blind people.
  2. A horse that isn’t housebroken cannot be a guide horse.
  3. At first, the sneakers must have felt strange.
  4. Cuddles saved Dan from danger recently when a bike raced into his path.

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.h:
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