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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 1. Develop comprehension skills by reading a variety of self-selected and assigned print and non-print informational texts, including electronic media

Objective a. Read, use, and identify the characteristics of nonfiction materials such as textbooks, appropriate reference materials, personal narratives, diaries, and journals, biographies, newspapers, letters, articles, web sites and other online materials, other appropriate content-specific texts to gain information and content knowledge

Assessment limit: Grade-appropriate informational texts

Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'Brainy Birds' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Which of these sentences from the article most clearly suggests that "Brainy Birds" is nonfiction?

  1. One sign of ravens' brain power is their adaptability.
  2. Ravens make lots of different sounds.
  3. They especially like to roll over in the air.
  4. Sometimes a raven can be too clever.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Grade-appropriate informational texts

Resources for Objective 2.A.1.a: