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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 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective b. Identify and explain additions or changes to format or text features that would make the text easier to understand

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 text features would most help a reader understand the information in this article?

  1. a photograph of a brain
  2. a caption for the illustration
  3. a map showing places where ravens could live
  4. a boxed text that gives basic facts about ravens

Correct Answer:

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

Resources for Objective 2.A.6.b:
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