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 h. Distinguish between a fact and an opinion

Assessment limit: In one or more texts or a portion of a 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 sentences from this article states an opinion?

  1. Their foods include small animals, fruit, seeds, eggs, garbage, and dead meat.
  2. It has a large brain compared to its body size.
  3. For example, a chicken weighs twice as much as a raven.
  4. They seem to have tons of fun just flying around.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
In one or more texts or a portion of a text

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.h: