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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 3. Use elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding

Objective c. Identify and describe the setting and the mood

Selected Response Item

Read this story about two girls named Molly and Miracle, 'Root Beer and Banana'. Then answer the following.

Which of these details about the setting is most important to the events in the story?

  1. the ceiling fan
  2. the willow tree
  3. the summer heat
  4. the squeaky door

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.c:
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