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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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective f. Identify and explain words and other techniques the author uses to appeal to emotion

Assessment limit: Significant words and phrases that have an emotional appeal

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read these 'articles' about writing for yourself. Then answer the following.

Does the passage from "Keeping a Journal" or the passage from "How to Write Poetry" better use words and phrases to persuade a person about the value or journals? In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer.

Write your explanation on the lines in your Answer Book.


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Resources for Objective 2.A.6.f: