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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 6. Read critically to evaluate informational text

Objective f. Analyze language and other techniques intended to persuade the reader

Assessment limit: Significant words and phrases that have an emotional appeal

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Explain whether or not the use of words and phrases in "Bard of Avon" makes the theater in Shakespeare's London sound interesting. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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Resources for Objective 2.A.6.f: