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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 6. Determine important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective a. Identify and explain main ideas and universal themes

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the article 'Strongest of All'. Then answer the following.

Explain whether the title "Strongest of All" supports an important idea in the story. In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.


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Selected Response Item

Read the poem 'Ice Skates'. Then answer the following.

This poem is mainly about a child

  1. writing on shiny paper
  2. completing a skating lesson
  3. doodling in a notebook
  4. making different designs in the ice

Correct Answer:

Selected Response Item

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

An important idea in this passage is about—

  1. getting along with other people
  2. accepting help from friends
  3. accomplishing a task
  4. being in charge

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Main ideas of the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 3.A.6.a: