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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Analyze elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective b. Identify and explain the events of the plot

Assessment limit: Main problem, exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution

Selected Response Item

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

In this passage, Kate's biggest conflict is—

  1. keeping the boat clean
  2. taking care of her mother
  3. settling her differences with Seth
  4. getting Zeke to do his job properly
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Correct Answer:
C

Assessment limit:
Main problem, exposition, rising action, climax, and resolution

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.b:
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