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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 4. Analyze elements of poetry to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective b. Identify and explain the meaning of words, lines, and stanzas

Assessment limit: Literal versus figurative meaning

Selected Response Item

Read the poem 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.

Read lines 1 and 2 of the poem.

No more summer blades of grass.
Now on blades of steel we pass.

An important idea in these lines is that

  1. the seasons have changed
  2. the speaker has a favorite season
  3. blades can be made of steel of grass
  4. steel blades are faster than grass blades
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Correct Answer:
A

Selected Response Item

Read the poem 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.

Read line 8 of the poem.

To spin until our senses reel.

The speaker of this poem is probably turning quickly in circles until

  1. he does not want to stop
  2. he is not aware of his surroundings
  3. he is dizzy and faints
  4. he is rolling around on the ground
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Correct Answer:
B

Resources for Objective 3.A.4.b:
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