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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 7. Analyze the author's purposeful use of language

Objective a. Analyze specific words and phrases that contribute to meaning

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read the story 'Swamp Talk' and answer the following question.

Explain the mood the author creates in paragraph 7. In your response, use examples from the paragraph that show how the author creates this mood. Write your answer on your answer document.

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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 4.

She secured the hammock.

Which word could replace secured and NOT change the meaning of the sentence?

  1. fastened
  2. lowered
  3. patted
  4. released
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Correct Answer:
A

Assessment limit:
Significant words and phrases (e.g., idioms, colloquialisms, etc.) with a specific effect on meaning

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 1.

This uncanny growth buttressed the cypress in the rainy season when the island was flooded with water and rendered the trees unstable.

Details in paragraph 1 show that the word "uncanny" means—

  1. awkward
  2. natural
  3. strange
  4. useless
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Correct Answer:
C

Assessment limit:
Significant words and phrases (e.g., idioms, colloquialisms, etc.) with a specific effect on meaning

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.a:
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