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 i. Identify and explain how someone might use the text

Assessment limit: Application of the text for personal use or content-specific use

Selected Response Item

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

The information in this article would be most useful to a student who—

  1. lives close to the mountains
  2. is learning about the habits of common birds
  3. enjoys exciting wildlife stories
  4. is bird watching as a summer project
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Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Application of the text for personal use or content-specific use

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.i:
Lesson Seeds | SAMPLE ASSESSMENTS |