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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 b. Identify and explain the meaning of words, lines, and stanzas

Assessment limit: Literal versus figurative meaning

Selected Response Item

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

Read lines 14 and 15 of the poem.

you know the drill
    of the thrill

Which of these sentences best explains the meaning of these lines?

  1. This roller coaster ride is the same each time.
  2. The reader knows how to get on a roller coaster.
  3. This roller coaster ride is different from others.
  4. The reader knows what to expect on a roller coaster.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Literal versus figurative meaning

Resources for Objective 3.A.4.b: