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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 7. Identify and describe the author's use of language

Objective b. Identify and explain specific words and phrases that contribute to meaning

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 3.

"We are the greatest."

Is the word "greatest" a good way for Whale to describe herself and Elephant? 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 passage titled 'Captain Kate' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Read this sentence from paragraph 2.

Kate dropped the board and ran to the edge of the boat just as Seth clawed his way to the surface of the water, gasping for breath.

The word "clawed" suggests that Seth

  1. makes little progress
  2. controls his arms poorly
  3. has his hands outstretched
  4. has a difficult time swimming

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Significant words and phrases with a specific effect on meaning

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.b:
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