School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 7

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 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 3. Apply knowledge of organizational patterns of informational text to facilitate understanding

Objective a. Analyze the organizational patterns of texts such as sequential and/or chronological order, cause/effect, problem/solution, similarities/differences, description, main idea and supporting details, order of importance, transition or signal words and phrases that indicate the organizational pattern

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

Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'Lifeline for Lions' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Which of these sentences from the article reflects a cause/effect relationship?

  1. As the tourists were flying low over the savannah, they spotted a big cat lying on the ground.
  2. The Serengeti is a large wildlife park in Tanzania where no hunting is allowed.
  3. The disease is spread like a cold from dogs to wildlife.
  4. They know lions bring tourists and tourism brings jobs.

Correct Answer:

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

Resources for Objective 2.A.3.a: