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 8. Read critically to evaluate literary texts

Objective b. Identify and explain questions left unanswered by the text

Assessment limit: Questions and predictions about events, situations, and conflicts that might occur if the text were extended

Selected Response Item

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

After reading this story a reader might still want to know

  1. how Julian cleans the kitchen
  2. why the pudding is full of deep holes
  3. when Huey and Julian crawl under the bed
  4. why the pudding is only for their mother
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Correct Answer:
D

Assessment limit:
Questions and predictions about events, situations, and conflicts that might occur if the text were extended

Resources for Objective 3.A.8.b:
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