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 4. Determine and analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective b. Identify and explain the author's opinion

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.

Which of these statements would the author of this article most likely agree is true?

  1. Reading about flying is a necessary step in learning how to fly.
  2. Traveling air shows were poorly attended by people.
  3. Bessie Coleman believed in making life better for others.
  4. Bessie Coleman preferred French flying schools to American flying schools.

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.b: