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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 2. Use text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts

Objective c. Identify and explain how informational aids such as introductions and overviews, materials lists, timelines, captions, glossed words, labels, numbered steps, bulleted lists, footnoted words, pronunciation keys, transition words, end notes, works cited, other information aids encountered in informational texts contribute to meaning

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

Selected Response Item

Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.

The definitions for Kalamazoo and Idaho most help a reader understand that reading helps with

  1. map skills
  2. capital letters
  3. spelling skills
  4. rhyming words
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Correct Answer:
A

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

Resources for Objective 3.A.2.c:
Lesson Seeds | SAMPLE ASSESSMENTS |