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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 e. Identify and explain language that appeals to the senses and feelings

Assessment limit: Specific words and phrases in the text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

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

Read paragraphs 12 and 13 from this story.

"It tastes like a whole raft of lemons," he said. "It tastes like a night on the sea."
"You've made a hole in the pudding!" I said. "But since you did it, I'll have a taste." And it tasted like a whole night of lemons. It tasted like floating at sea.

Which word best describes how Huey and Julian think the pudding tastes?

  1. different
  2. salty
  3. satisfying
  4. sour
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Correct Answer:
C

Assessment limit:
Specific words and phrases in the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.e:
Lesson Seeds | SAMPLE ASSESSMENTS |