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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 4

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Use elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding

Objective d. Identify and analyze the characters

Selected Response Item

Read the poems titled 'Roller Coaster' and 'Carousel' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Which of these statements about the speaker in "Carousel" and the speaker in "Roller Coaster" is supported most by details in the poems?

  1. Each speaker gets on only one ride.
  2. Each speaker notices the noise of the ride.
  3. Each speaker has fun with a different kind of ride.
  4. Each speaker wants someone to ride with him or her.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Character's traits based on what character says, does, and thinks and what other characters or the narrator says

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.d:
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