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 i. Identify and explain how someone might use the text

Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'A Brick to Cuddle Up To' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Information in this article would be most helpful to a student who is—

  1. researching popular colonial dishes
  2. reading diaries about colonial times
  3. studying types of houses in early America
  4. writing a report about life in early America

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Application of the text for personal use or content-specific use

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.i:
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