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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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 5. Analyze purposeful use of language

Objective a. Analyze specific words or phrases that contribute to the meaning of a text

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the story 'Saints and Strangers on the Ship of Hope' and answer the following question.

Compare the way the Saints and Strangers describe the events of the voyage to the way the author describes them. In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.


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Selected Response Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 10 of the article.

This lesson stayed with me as I grew older.

Which of these phrases could replace the words "stayed with me" and NOT change the meaning of the sentence?

  1. remained in my memory
  2. became more important
  3. caused me concern
  4. made me happy

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Significant words and phrases (e.g., figurative language, idioms, etc.) in the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.5.a:
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