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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 f. Identify and explain repetition and exaggeration

Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text

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 11-13 of the poem.

        turtling up,

Repeating the word "turtling" suggests that—

  1. riding to the top is the best part
  2. getting to the top takes a long time
  3. roller coaster riders must be patient
  4. a roller coaster has a hard outside shell

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
In the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.f: