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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 4. Use elements of poetry to facilitate understanding

Objective a. Use structural features such as structure and form including lines and stanzas, shape, refrain, chorus, rhyme scheme, and types of poems such as haiku, diamonte, etc., to identify poetry as a literary form and distinguish among types of poems

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the poem 'Roller Coaster'. Then answer the following.
Explain how the shape of the poem "Roller Coaster" helps a reader understand the feeling of riding a roller coaster. In your response, use details and examples from the poem that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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Resources for Objective 3.A.4.a: