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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 7. Identify and describe the author's use of language

Objective b. Identify and explain specific words and phrases that contribute to meaning

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

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

Read what Julian says in paragraph 4.

Huey and I guarded the pudding.

Explain whether guarded is a good word for Julian to use to describe the boys' actions in this story. In your response, use words and phrases from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.


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Selected Response Item

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

Which of these words could replace proper and not change the meaning of line 8?

  1. easy
  2. polite
  3. correct
  4. respectful

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Significant words and phrases with a specific effect on meaning

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.b: