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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

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

Objective c. Identify and describe the setting and the mood and explain how the setting affects the characters and the mood

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this passage from 'Captain Kate', a novel that takes place during the Civil War. Kate and Seth must take the family canal boat to Washington City to sell a load of coal. Then answer the following.

Explain why the setting is important to the events of these passages. In your response, use details from the passages that show why the setting is important to the events. Write your response on the lines below.


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Selected Response Item

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

Which of these best describes the mood of the second section, which begins at paragraph 16 and ends at paragraph 32?

  1. bold
  2. excited
  3. gloomy
  4. tense

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Details that create the setting and/or mood in the text or a portion of the text

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