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 4. Analyze important ideas and messages in informational texts

Objective a. Identify and explain the author's/text's purpose and intended audience

Selected Response Item

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

The purpose of this article is mostly to—

  1. show ways people can help wild animals
  2. explain the reason for wild animal parks
  3. tell how an animal medical issue was resolved
  4. give information about the dangers of distemper

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Purpose of the author or the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 2.A.4.a:
Lesson Seeds | SAMPLE ASSESSMENTS | Public Release Items |