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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 4. Determine and analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective a. Identify and explain the author's/text's purpose and intended audience

Selected Response Item

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

The purpose of this article is mostly to—

  1. share how a person became successful
  2. tell about the life story of an astronaut
  3. explain the importance of learning a skill
  4. encourage the support of space exploration

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Purpose of the author or the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.a: