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 8. Read critically to evaluate literary texts

Objective a. Identify and explain the believability of the characters' actions and the story's events

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

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this story about two girls named Molly and Miracle, 'Root Beer and Banana'. Then answer the following.
Explain how the author makes the characters in this story seem like real people. In your response, use events and details from the story that make them seem real. Write your response on the lines below.

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Resources for Objective 3.A.8.a: