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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 8. Read critically to evaluate literary texts

Objective a. Analyze the plausibility of the plot and the credibility of the characters

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

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

Read this passage about a family’s dinner table conversation from the novel Absolutely Normal Chaos.
How does the author use the dinner table conversation to make the characters seem real? In your response, use details from their conversation that make the characters seem real.

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Resources for Objective 3.A.8.a: