School Improvement in Maryland

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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 3. Develop and apply knowledge of organizational structure of informational text to understand what is read

Objective a. Identify and analyze the organizational patterns of texts such as sequential and/or chronological order, cause/effect, problem/solution, similarities/differences, description, main idea and supporting details

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

Selected Response Item

After reading the article, Fly High, Bessie Coleman, answer the following question.

Paragraph 11 is mostly organized by

  1. problem and solution
  2. description
  3. main idea and supporting details
  4. cause and effect

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.3.a: