School Improvement in Maryland

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 E. General Reading Comprehension

Indicator 4. Use strategies to demonstrate understanding of the text (after reading)

Objective c. Identify and explain what is not directly stated in the text by drawing inferences

Assessment limit: From the text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'Swamp Talk' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Why does Billie Wind back her way from the shore to the hammock?

  1. She is familiar with the trail.
  2. She is looking for food for her dinner.
  3. She wants to find stones for the fireplace.
  4. She needs to see the alligator's movements

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
From the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 1.E.4.c: