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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 d. Identify and explain other poetic elements such as setting, mood, tone, etc., that contribute to meaning

Assessment limit: Elements of grade-appropriate lyric and narrative poems that contribute to meaning

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the poem 'Carousel'. Then answer the following.
Explain how the speaker of the poem "Carousel" feels about riding a carousel. 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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Selected Response Item

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

Read stanzas 5 and 6 of the poem.

Details in these stanzas suggest that the speaker of the poem—

  1. dreams while sleeping
  2. likes listening to music
  3. wants to ride in the evening
  4. enjoys using her imagination
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Correct Answer:
D

Assessment limit:
Elements of grade-appropriate lyric and narrative poems that contribute to meaning

Resources for Objective 3.A.4.d:
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