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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 2. Analyze text features to facilitate understanding of literary texts

Objective a. Identify and explain how organizational aids such as the title of the book, story, poem, or play, titles of chapters, subtitles, subheadings contribute to meaning

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

Selected Response Item

Read this passage from 'The Coastwatcher', a novel that takes place during World War II when the United States was at war with Germany. Then answer the following.
Read this line which is paragraph 5.
Not yet, Mama

These italicized words show Hugh's

  1. anger
  2. annoyance
  3. nervousness
  4. shock

Correct Answer:
B-annoyance is the correct response

Selected Response Item

Read the play 'The Weeping Willow Wedding Day'. Then answer the following.

Another good title for this play is

  1. Falling in Trouble
  2. Practicing a Wedding
  3. Washing Paper Plates
  4. Swinging from Branches

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.2.a: