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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 4. Analyze elements of poetry to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective d. Identify and explain other poetic elements such as setting, mood, tone, etc., that contribute to meaning

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the poems 'Ice Skates' and 'Winter Blades'. Then answer the following.
Explain whether the speakers in "Ice Skates" and "Winter Blades" feel the same way about ice skating. In your response, use details and examples from both poems to support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.
Sample Student Response #1

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers that "both authors …enjoy ice skating because…they created positive statements about ice skating." The author of "Winter Blades" shows enjoyment of skating with "Blades to glide with greastest ease" while the author of "Ice Skating" shows enjoyment with "the largest, the greastest, the coolest scribble scrabble ever." The reader concludes with an explanation that the scribble scrabble is "on the ice." The reader answers the question and offers text to support the idea of enjoyment. To improve this response, the reader should make a distinction between the authors/poets and the speakers of the poems. Next the reader should draw a conclusion about how gliding with ease and "scribble scrabble" on the ice indicates enjoyment of skating. For example, gliding with ease shows the speaker has some skill on the ice, and those skills that people can perform with ease often provide enjoyment.


Sample Student Response #2

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers the question "speakers feel the same way about Ice skates. They feel graet…" The reader does answer the question. To improve this response, the reader should use text from both poems that supports the idea of ice skating being "graet." Finally the reader should be able to clarify how that particular text shows that the speakers feel great about ice skating. For example in "Winter Blades" the line "Blades of steel to steal a lead" indicates that someone is winning a skating race and that winning can make a person feel great.


Sample Student Response #3

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers that the speakers do not feel the same way because " 'Winter Blades'…is talking about hockey" while " 'Ice Skates' " is "talking about two ball poin pens and and a sheet of paper." Then the reader clarifies that the pens are ice skates and the paper is the ice and concludes "that is how they are different." The reader does not directly answer the question but indicates how the subject matter of both poems is different rather than stating a difference between the feelings of the speakers. To improve this response, the reader should focus on the difference in feelings caused by hockey or by figure skating and support those ideas. For example, skating for hockey refers to "Blades for speed" while figure skating indicates "swing some rings, twirl some curls etc…"


Sample Student Response #4

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers that "I don't thing the speakers form each poem feel the same about ice skating." Next the reader concludes that "the speaker in 'Winter Blades' thinks ice acting is for competion and the speaker in 'Ice Skates' just things ice skating is for fun." The reader does answer the question and does draw a logical conclusion based on text. To improve this response, the reader should use text to support the ideas of competition and fun. For example, in "Winter Blades" "Blades for speed, Blades of steel to steal a lead" support the idea of competition while in "Ice Skates" the lines "toe some bows, reel some wheels" suggest movement for fun.


Sample Student Response #5

Student Response

Annotation: The reader answers that "both really like to Ice skate because in one of the poems they are talking about" liking to draw while on skates while in the other poem "they are talking about how he can glide through the ice." The reader concludes that both speakers are "pashinot about their ice skating." The reader does answer the question and does draw a logical conclusion about the speakers having a passion for skating. To improve this response, the reader should correct the misread about drawing while on skates to drawing with skates which shows skill and strong feeling for the fun skating offers. In addition, the reader can offer support about the ease and skill of the speaker from "Winter Blades."


Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Rubric

Print: Scoring Rubric

Score 3

The response demonstrates an understanding of the complexities of the text.

  • Addresses the demands of the question
  • Effectively uses text-relevant1 information to clarify or extend understanding

Score 2

The response demonstrates a general understanding of the text.

  • Partially addresses the demands of the question
  • Uses text-relevant1 information to show understanding

Score 1

The response demonstrates a minimal understanding of the text.

  • Minimally addresses the demands of the question
  • Uses minimal information to show some understanding of the text in relation to the question

Score 0

The response is completely incorrect, irrelevant to the question, or missing.2

Note 1:

Text-relevant: This information may or may not be an exact copy (quote) of the text but is clearly related to the text and often shows an analysis and/or interpretation of important ideas. Students may incorporate information to show connections to relevant prior experience as appropriate.

Note 2:

An exact copy (quote) or paraphrase of the question that provides no new relevant information will receive a score of "0".

Rubric Document Date: June 2003

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