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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

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.
Sample Student Response #1

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers the question that "the author makes the charectors seem real" by citing certain lines from the story that "tell what the charectar was seeing and/or feeling" and through those lines does reference the text. To improve this response, the reader can draw a conclusion about the specific lines from the story. For example, the line "Cold air hits my face when the door opens" can replicate a common feeling of moving from the warm outdoors into a cooler interior. Since the character experiences something familiar to the reader, that helps make the character appear real.


Sample Student Response #2

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers the question that "the author makes the people seem real because in the real world people really do" many of the actions in the story. The reader does reference the text with "meat people under a tree," "call kids Squirt," and "older people sometimes help young people." To improve this response, the reader can clarify one of the things that real people do like the grandfather calling Molly "Squirt." This shows affection between relatives which is something real people do.


Sample Student Response #3

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers the question that "the characters seem like real people because the dog don't talk like people." There is only a vague text reference to Mr. Mac's dog. The reader is showing that the characters appear real because no unreal elements like a talking dog exist in the story. To improve this response, the reader can use text support to show how the dog is real; for example, the dog is owned by Mr. Mac, is friendly with Mr. Mac's customers, begs some ice pop from Miracle and Molly etc…


Sample Student Response #4

Student Response

Annotation: The reader indirectly answers the question by stating that Molly makes a decision and "People make disons about what they wanted." The reader references the text by further explaining that "firends help you with disoins.Like Miracle help Molly with her disons." To improve this response, the reader could select from Molly's decisions: deciding which flavor of ice pop, deciding the respond to Miracle in a friendly way, not telling Miracle about the true price of the ice pop, etc… and then clarify how the selected decision is like a decision that real people make.


Sample Student Response #5

Student Response

Annotation: The reader responds that "the characters seem real by making them talk to one another…showing human like qualitys…And by being friendly to eachother…" The reader does reference the text with "Molly thought ice pops cost a dime but didn't say anything back." To improve this response, the reader should clarifiy specific "human like qualitys" that individual characters display. For example, the grandfather's understanding of Molly's needs ranging from cooling off after fishing to purchasing an ice pop for Miracle are typical of family relationships. Or Molly's kindness in not telling Miracle that she did not have enough money for an ice pop is realistic because real people would be hesitant to embarrass a new acquaintance.


Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Rubric

Print: Scoring Rubric

Score 3

The response demonstrates an understanding of the complexities of the text.

  • Addresses the demands of the question
  • Effectively uses text-relevant1 information to clarify or extend understanding

Score 2

The response demonstrates a general understanding of the text.

  • Partially addresses the demands of the question
  • Uses text-relevant1 information to show understanding

Score 1

The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the text.

  • Minimally addresses the demands of the question
  • Uses minimal information to show some understanding of the text in relation to the question

Score 0

The response is completely incorrect, irrelevant to the question, or missing.2

Note 1:

Text-relevant: This information may or may not be an exact copy (quote) of the text but is clearly related to the text and often shows an analysis and/or interpretation of important ideas. Students may incorporate information to show connections to relevant prior experience as appropriate.

Note 2:

An exact copy (quote) or paraphrase of the question that provides no new relevant information will receive a score of "0".

Rubric Document Date: June 2003

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