School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 4

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 1.0 General Reading Processes

Topic E. General Reading Comprehension

Indicator 4. Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading)

Objective a. Identify and explain the main idea

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

Selected Response Item

Read the story ''Summer Palace'' and answer the following question.

The story is mainly about a _____.

  1. girl who likes to read
  2. grandfather who travels
  3. beautiful palace
  4. girl learning about her great-grandfather

Correct Answer:

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

Resources for Objective 1.E.4.a: