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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 5

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 1.0 General Reading Processes

Topic E. General Reading Comprehension

Indicator 4. Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading)

Objective c. Identify and explain what is not directly stated in the text by drawing inferences

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

Selected Response Item

Read the passage titled 'Captain Kate' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

In paragraph 33 Kate states that Seth would regret his behavior. This statement most likely reveals that she is considering—

  1. a delay in cleaning
  2. a plan for punishment
  3. leaving the city quickly
  4. assigning him another duty
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Correct Answer:
B

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

Selected Response Item

Read the passage titled 'Captain Kate' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

In paragraph 13, when Mr. O'Brian raises his eyebrows, that most likely reveals his—

  1. disbelief at the situation
  2. surprise at meeting Seth
  3. reaction to new information
  4. memories of The Mary Ann
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Correct Answer:
C

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

Resources for Objective 1.E.4.c:
Lesson Seeds | SAMPLE ASSESSMENTS |