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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 5. Analyze elements of drama to facilitate understanding

Objective b. Identify and explain the action of scenes and acts

Assessment limit: Literal versus interpretive meaning

Selected Response Item

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

The purpose of Scene 2 is to

  1. learn the children’s punishment
  2. introduce Grandpa and Grandma
  3. show Grandpa’s cleverness
  4. show the beauty of the wedding

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.5.b: