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 b. Identify and explain questions left unanswered by the text

Assessment limit: Questions and predictions about events, situations, and conflicts that might occur if the text were extended

Selected Response Item

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

Which of these questions is NOT answered by details and events in the story?

  1. Where does Miracle live?
  2. What kind of friendship do Granddaddy and Mr. Mac have?
  3. What kind of dog does Mr. Mac own?
  4. Why does Miracle probably not know the cost of an ice pop?

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.8.b: