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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 6

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 1.0 General Reading Processes

Topic D. Vocabulary

Indicator 3. Understand, acquire, and use new vocabulary

Objective a. Use context to determine the meanings of words

Selected Response Item

Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.

The batter had to check his swing to avoid a strike.

Check means _____.

  1. test
  2. stop
  3. mark
  4. choose
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_6_002.xml

Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Words with multiple meanings

Selected Response Item

Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.

John cast his fishing line from the boat.

In which sentence does the word cast mean the same thing as in the sentence above?

  1. The doctor put the cast on his leg.
  2. The girl cast the dog a treat.
  3. The artist cast a bronze statue.
  4. The director began to cast the play today.
/toolkit/vsc/assessment_items/msa_ela_6_003.xml

Correct Answer:
B

Assessment limit:
Words with multiple meanings

Resources for Objective 1.D.3.a:
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