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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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Analyze elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective c. Analyze details that provide information about the setting, the mood created by the setting, and ways in which the setting affects characters

Selected Response Item

Read the article titled 'Absolutely Normal Chaos' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Which of these words best describes the mood of this passage?

  1. agitated
  2. cheerful
  3. lighthearted
  4. playful

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
Details that create the setting and/or mood in the text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.c:
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