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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 c. Identify and explain sound elements of poetry

Selected Response Item

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

Details suggest that the setting of each poem is probably

  1. a state fair
  2. a family picnic
  3. school celebration
  4. a neighborhood party
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Correct Answer:
A

Assessment limit:
Rhyme, rhyme scheme

Selected Response Item

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

Which pair of words best compares the moods in "Carousel" and "Roller Coaster"?

  1. joyful versus scary
  2. calm versus exciting
  3. sleepy versus amused
  4. gloomy versus playful
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Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Rhyme, rhyme scheme

Resources for Objective 3.A.4.c:
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