School Improvement in Maryland

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 6. Determine important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective d. Summarize

Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

Read this story about two girls named Molly and Miracle, 'Root Beer and Banana'. Then answer the following.

Which detail would be most important to include in a summary of the story?

  1. Mr. Mac owns a dog.
  2. Molly's nickname is Squirt.
  3. Miracle has older brothers.
  4. Granddaddy pays for both ice pops.

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.6.d: