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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 4

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 4. Determine important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective d. Summarize or paraphrase

Assessment limit: 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.

Read this sentence from paragraph 8 of the article.

A raven may look plain—but oh, what a brain!

Which of these statements is the best paraphrase of this sentence?

  1. A raven seems simple but can do many things.
  2. A raven appears ordinary but is actually smart.
  3. A raven is a regular bird but knows a lot of tricks.
  4. A raven is a normal bird but changes its mind quickly.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
The text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.d:
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