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 5. Identify and explain the author's use of language

Objective a. Identify and explain specific words or phrases that contribute to the meaning of a text

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the article 'Vrooooom' and answer the following question.

Read this sentence from the introduction.

Margaret Mickelway writes about a wild new sport for girls and boys.

Explain whether the word wild is a good word to describe junior drag racing. In your response, use information from the passage that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.


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Resources for Objective 2.A.5.a: