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 4. Determine important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective b. Identify and explain the author's opinion

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

Selected Response Item

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

Which of these statements about ravens would the author of this article probably agree is true?

  1. Keeping a raven as a pet is a good idea.
  2. Ravens are healthiest in a wooded area.
  3. Watching ravens is an entertaining activity.
  4. Ravens are helpful birds for the environment.

Correct Answer:

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

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.b: