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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 7. Identify and describe the author's use of language

Objective b. Identify and explain specific words and phrases that contribute to meaning

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the story 'The River' and answer the following question.

Explain how the author's use of words and phrases helps reader understand the setting. In your response, use words and phrases from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.


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Resources for Objective 3.A.7.b: