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 d. Identify and explain how print features such as large bold print, font size/type, italics, colored print, quotation marks, underlining, other print features encountered in informational texts contribute to meaning

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

Selected Response Item

Read the story 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.

Read paragraphs 31 and 32 from this story.

"Where is the pudding?" my mother said.
"WHERE ARE YOU BOYS?" my father said.

The question printed in capital letters suggests that father is mostly

  1. amused
  2. curious
  3. surprised
  4. tired

Correct Answer:

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