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 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 6. Analyze important ideas and messages in literary texts

Objective c. Summarize or paraphrase

Assessment limit: The text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

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

Read Sam's comment in paragraph 11.

"...Somehow, I don't think that any of my study of rock formations and fossils prepared me for this."

The best paraphrase of this comment is—

  1. Learning about rocks and fossils is poor training.
  2. My education is not helping me with this situation.
  3. This situation does not fit with anything I know about.
  4. I am considering that my studies were not a good choice.

Correct Answer:

Assessment limit:
The text or a portion of the text

Resources for Objective 3.A.6.c: