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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 6. Determine important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective c. Paraphrase

Assessment limit: 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.

Read this sentence from paragraph 2.

"These trees are talking to me," she realized.

The best paraphrase of this sentence is—

  1. These trees need me to stay here.
  2. These trees make wonderful sounds.
  3. These trees are important in the swamp.
  4. These trees are giving me necessary information.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
The text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 3.A.6.c: