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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 2. Use text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts

Objective a. Identify and explain how organizational aids such as the title of the book, story, poem, or play contribute to meaning

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

Selected Response Item

Read the story 'The River'. Then answer the following.

"The River" is a good title for this story mostly because the river is

  1. a part of the story problem
  2. close to the characters' home
  3. changing the mood of the story
  4. a favorite place of the characters

Correct Answer:

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

Resources for Objective 3.A.2.a: