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 7. Analyze the author's purposeful use of language

Objective e. Analyze how repetition and exaggeration contribute to meaning

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

Selected Response Item

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

The children’s use of the words coolest, wildest, craziest, and loudest to describe their experience shows that they are

  1. unaware of the problems created by their activity
  2. uncertain of the time left before the wedding
  3. excited about the party after the wedding
  4. happy about missing the white carpet

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.e: