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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Use elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding

Objective a. Identify and distinguish among types of narrative texts such as characteristics of the general categories of fiction versus nonfiction, realistic fiction, tall tales, legends, fables, fairy tales, biographies

Assessment limit: Grade-appropriate narrative texts

Selected Response Item

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

"The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea" is best described as

  1. a story about boys who visit the moon
  2. a story about making a mistake
  3. a fable about a father teaching his sons a lesson
  4. a legend about a large pudding

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Grade-appropriate narrative texts

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.a: